Kick-starting OrganiCity experiment into the health impacts of urban tranquil spaces

Tranquil City is very excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the 16 winning projects of the OrganiCity Open Call for urban experiments to help solve key urban problems. The call is sponsored by the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission and it calls for applicants from all over Europe – organicity.eu

Tranquil City has been awarded with funding to develop our first phase of research, investigating the health and wellbeing benefits of tranquil spaces in London. We have now begun this three month experimentation that will continue until February 2017.

With this project, we aim to map noise and air pollution in London and investigate the correlations with the spaces that Londoners find tranquil, using our Tranquil City map points. This will allow us to research the health and wellbeing benefits of visiting and walking through tranquil spaces. Finally, we will experiment with prototypes of ‘tranquil routes’ through the city.

By better understanding what tranquillity is in the city, we hope to encourage the discovery, enjoyment and protection of tranquil spaces and how they can positively impact urban mobility.

According to the OrganiCity team our project not only tackles one of the most important urban challenges, but it does so in way that can truly make a difference: by engaging and empowering the citizens.

“London is one of the busiest and most hectic cities in Europe and people suffer from the stressed caused noise, air pollution and congestion. Finding ways and places for people to relax is an important element for the wellbeing of the population.”

These are exciting times for Tranquil City and we will be very busy over the next months. So get involved, post more spaces to #tranquilcitylondon and tell us what you find tranquil in the city to help create a more liveable one.

Watch this space.

Tranquil City team

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