From all the baseline analysis we come up with our vision for the project – ‘colorful village’. Colorful, it not only means visual but also implies diversity. We have six aspects for this vision: 1.a diverse community 2.a vibrant neighbourhood 3.strong community engagement 4.pedestrian priority neighborhood 5.grow their own food 6.small business. Here, I will explain more about pedestrian priority neighbourhood.
Currently, public health researchers are very interested in walking community. Because of lifestyle, leading to many negative health effects, such as obesity and heart disease（Hrushowy, 2006）. Therefore, we want to build a place that encourage the residents to walk inside or outside the neighbourhood; a place which is more attractive, less polluted, less congested location and comfortable for people to walk (Hawaii Government, No date).
In our project, there is a main pedestrian road connect some open spaces to cohousing open space and also a walkable track connect to Cock Wood. People can walk through the whole site from social-private housing to cohousing area. In addition, some business will happen on the track. As Hawaii Government (No Date) mentioned, good sidewalk will bring huge benefits of economy. Some case studies have shown that because of convenient pedestrian design, high levels of retail activity often happen in shopping district and tourism areas. It means walkable areas will attract more people. However, in order to design successful pedestrian in neighbourhood, the appropriate units will be smaller than neighbourhood. Gehl (1987) gives one reason that human choose their specific route, rather than abstract entire neighborhoods, but the physical environment around pedestrians and social characteristics will decide the quality of the pedestrian experience (Bosselmann,1998; Cullen, 1961). Another reason is that most of pedestrian routes will happen on a block-by-block area, rather than entire neighbourhoods（Hrushowy, 2006）. Therefore, when we think about our project, we need to work at this suitable scale.
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Hawaii Government (No date) Available at: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2013/07/Pedest-Tbox-Toolbox_9-Special-Ped-Districts-and-Site-Des-for-Peds.pdf (Accessed: 21 April 2015)