public space

'Smarter choices' - so what's the evidence?

By Jillian Anable, Sally Cairns, Phil Goodwin, Alistair Kirkbride, Carey Newson, Alison Pridmore, Lynn Sloman

The DfT's Lower carbon transport strategy has prompted renewed debate about the effectiveness of policies to reduce car dependency. Here, the authors of the original 2004 Smarter choices report offer their take on the topic

What mobile communications can tell us about users' movement and encounters in the city

Eamonn O’Neill, Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, & Cityware project
25 mins
Advances in mobile and wireless communications have enabled us to detect and record the presence and movement of users and their devices. These data provide a rich source of information for understanding people’s relationship with the city. An analysis of urban Bluetooth data and visualisation techniques can be used to model and make sense of the spatial and temporal patterns of mobility, presence and encounter within these data

Understanding the complex ways in which everyday travel decisions are made in urban areas

Dr Alison Chisholm, Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University
24 mins
To develop better understanding of the complex ways in which households and individuals make everyday travel decisions about short trips in urban areas. Understanding walking and cycling through a multi-methods approach which combines spatial network analysis (Multiple Centrality Assessment) and qualitative approaches such as ethnography and audio travel diaries

Applied pedestrian modelling: Oxford Circus and other examples

Dr Jake Desyllas, Atkins Intelligent Space
22 mins
What pedestrian modelling means today: a review of the different kinds of modelling now possible with applied examples from Oxford Circus and elsewhere

Adapting traditional transport-oriented models for pedestrians

Graham Long, Colin Buchanan
22 mins
Graham Long outlines how traditional transport modelling initiatives may be adapted to include and model pedestrian behaviour

Practical skills to support 'Big Society' planning & design


How to engage stakeholders in planning, design and development

In partnership with

11th November 2010 | Bankside Community Space, London, SE1

Well delivered community planning and design is critical for providing the new localism and community engagement required by the Coalition Government for its Big Society.

This one day masterclass provides the opportunity for participants to enhance their own ability to involve local people in planning, design and development issues and devise a community planning strategy.

Shared surface plan for Exhibition Road axed in favour of ‘safe space’

By Andrew Forster

Pressure from disability campaigners and a critical road safety audit have prompted the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to drop plans for a fully shared surface on Exhibition Road. Andrew Forster explains the council’s novel plan to delineate pedestrian and vehicle space.

A Place for Creativity? 2009 – Smiling Wolf presentation – Burscough bridge

The Burscough Bridge presentation by Smiling Wolf
A Place for Creativity? 2009. A public art and regeneration conference from RUDI and PlacesMatter! 16 June, 2009. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
The design team managed to pull the trick of entwining local folklore, history with existing local identity and contemporary arts to create a holistic street-scape being rooted as well as audacious and innovative

Traffic: can we have our cake and eat it?

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives

John Dales finds some 'new' ways of managing vehicular and pedestrian movement that are based on lasting values

Writers Shaping Places

By Sarah Butler

How can writers work with architects, designers and planners to engage people in the regeneration of their places and communities? This was the question posed at Writers Shaping Places, an event organised by literature and regeneration consultancy, UrbanWords, in partnership with Architects in Residence, literature development organisation Spread the Word, and community cinema space Shortwave, with funding from Arts Council England.