Intensity and Diversity of Use as a Tool to Measure the Quality of Public Spaces

The intensity and diversity of human activities in public open spaces are indicators of their success and high quality. Although some studies addressed the relationship between the quality of open spaces and their use, none has comprehensively addressed the intensity and diversity of use and users. This study attempts to develop the Mehta method 2007 “GPSI” for measuring the quality of public open spaces, by adding the spatial dimension and using the time dimension more widely. Procedures for developing a tool for measuring the intensity and diversity of use (IDU) were applied to four selected public open spaces in Sana’a city in Yemen by the survey studies. The tool of (IDU) includes the intensity of temporal use, the intensity of spatial use, the intensity of social use, diversity of age and gender, the intensity of stay, and the intensity of activities. This study used the perception of architects and urban designers to determine the quality of public space (QPS). It then examined the correlation between IDU and QPS using Pearson correlation coefficients. The results show significant correlations between indexes of IDU and QPS.