We at Tranquil City are kicking off our new experiment this month with the smart city initiative OrganiCity, in partnership with the co-op Outlandish!, the City of London, Better Bankside, Team London Bridge, Lewisham Council and the Pepys Community Forum.
We are exploring how by focussing our efforts on three very distinct areas of London we can encourage more participation with growing the Tranquil Pavement map, as well as demonstrating how the map can be used to challenge the very way we experience and navigate the city. We have teamed up with Local Authorities, Business Improvement Districts and Local Community groups in order to engage with local concerns and priorities. Our engagement areas will be the City of London, London Bridge and Deptford.
Our key concept is that by getting the Tranquil Pavement map out to as many people as possible, we can help people find time for tranquillity in their daily lives, promoting better mental and physical wellbeing in doing so, encourage a better connection with nature in the city and help us all find cleaner, greener, more pleasant and lower polluted routes as we travel through London.
How are we going to do it?
We are doing this by conducting tranquil discovery walks, exploration events and co-creation workshops for all to get involved with. These will allow us to listen to and work with the community to understand how they would like to discover and use tranquil spaces in their area whilst helping to protect and improve them. We will post when and where these events will be taking place on our website, Twitter and Instagram so stay tuned to get involved.
We will also be producing a freely available web-app version of the Tranquil Pavement in partnership with Outlandish! It will display your Instagram #tranquilcitylondon crowdsourced spaces, alongside easy to understand information on low noise and low air pollution routes. You will be able to see where you are on the map and use it to explore new and undiscovered tranquil spots. Watch this space…
By conducting this experiment we hope to understand how we can relate Tranquil City to local needs and people, whether it is how to combat air and noise pollution in a personal way, protect a threatened community garden or park or to provide people with access to spaces where they can escape the stresses and anxieties of daily life in this city.
“Tranquillity is the place you go to when you want to escape the stresses of the city, reconnect with nature and reflect. We believe the spaces that help invoke this feeling are essential to our cities and to our cities of the future. Join us in putting these spaces back on the map of London, embracing them, celebrating them and helping to improve and create more for all of us to enjoy.” Tranquil City, 2017
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