"Street Escapes: Designing a safer, slower-paced and more socially inclusive London."


Monday, 27 January 2014

Choose any city in the world; and develop and present a design proposal which will improve the lives of its citizens.

World Happiness Report

Monday, 27 January 2014

Below are the top 20 happiest countries, apparently.

The UK is nowhere to be seen.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network annual “World Happiness Report” for 2013

London Anxiety

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Londoners are stressed out.

  • 81.9% of Londoners are stressed some or all of the time.
  • 38.6% of Londoners worry about their commute to work.
  • 1 in 5 Londoners report high anxiety levels.

Safety and aesthetics are more important to residents than more direct routes to destinations or an increase in the number of streets and parks. If we want people to walk more, it is a matter of the quality, not the quantity, of routes.

RIBA City Health Check (2013)

Pace Of Life

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Londoners also walk pretty fast.

— Adapted from the Quirkology Pace of Life Project

Cutting The Corner

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Looking at the routes we take to/from the office and the preference to avoid the major arteries of the city.

What about providing areas to slow Londoners down? Little “eddies” along their routes? Diversions? Whatever it is, it mustn’t feel forced or heavy-handed.

Traffic calming for the soul.

Idea Development

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Thinking Words

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Having researched the impact of cities on mental health and well being, we have decided to explore the possibility of creating shared experiences with both friends and strangers in day to day life. This is being done by developing “Street Escapes”: interactive or unusual streetscapes that encourage discussion, thought and play. We are focussing in particular on the area surrounding the Ramboll London office and are integrating the concepts we have into the construction phases of inner-city projects to improve safety and relations with the public.

Tracing Routes

Friday, 14 February 2014

A little side-study using public data from RunKeeper to map movement by bike and by foot through Fitzrovia and the surrounding areas.

It’s clear from this (and from standing in the street!) that lots of people pass through this area every day. That’s a large number of lives that we can affect with our proposals.