Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Urban Planning (MUP)


Urban and Regional Planning


This research project will observe user behavior at three sites along San Francisco’s Embarcadero Promenade in an attempt to better understand how urban design elements (e.g. seating or public art) can positively or negatively affect how people use a public space. The specific question that this research will attempt to address is: What aspects of physical design in three key areas along the Embarcadero Promenade influence user behavior within this linear public space and how is that behavior positively or negatively affected? Recommendations will also be provided, suggesting possible opportunities to improve the Embarcadero Promenade as a successful public space.