Project City of London Cultural Quarter
Project Director Anna Rose
Client City of London
Space Syntax is currently advising the City of London on the public realm design of the Barbican and its wider setting. The main question we are addressing asks, “Does the layout and design of the pedestrian movement network influence pedestrian activity patterns and wayfinding within and around the Barbican?”
The City of London is reviewing its Barbican Area Strategy, which updates previous strategies from 2008, to understand the opportunities and impacts associated with Crossrail and to explore the potential for a ‘cultural hub’. They are seeking to understand the significance of existing pedestrian movement patterns in and around the Barbican and to develop a Pedestrian Movement Model which can simulate future public realm development scenarios for this area. In order to address the above concern it is important to understand how the current combination of urban form, land use, cultural attractor distribution, and transport attraction influences pedestrian activity in the area. Space Syntax’s detailed urban studies will both provide the client with an evidence base to understand the existing situation and also highlight opportunities for improving access to, and movement between the key cultural institutions in the wider area.
Findings so far highlight the contrast between public realm activity at street level and much lower levels of activity on the podiums and walkways of the Barbican complex. The study also shows how individual attractions – e.g. the Barbican Arts Centre – have a particular, localised draw. This weighting has been incorporated within the Pedestrian Movement Model alongside special layout and transport factors. The results of these studies are being shared with stakeholders involved in developing public realm proposals in the wider area.
Modelling the cycling revolution
Cycling has moved to the forefront of the planning, design and transport agenda. Taking a space-based, user-focused perspective, Space Syntax has created a set of tools to explain and predict cycling behaviour. By partnering these tools with Space Syntax’s Pedestrian Modelling capabilities, active travel can be properly considered alongside public transport and private vehicle modes.
Find out more in our Cycle Network Modelling brochure.
Broadgate Estate’s Cycle to MIPIM
We are very pleased to announce our sponsorship of Jonathan Turk who will be taking part in the Broadgate Estate’s Cycle to MIPIM in March. We wish him every success!
#UKUSFutureCities knowledge exchange visit
Tim Stonor has recently returned from the UK-US Future Cities Knowledge Exchange on behalf of the UK Government Office for Science, visiting Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
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