We are delighted with the latest update of the Tranquil Pavement London, which was released last week, as part of the closing stages of our experimentation with OrganiCity. We have developed a great working relationship with our web development partners Outlandish Co-operative, and hope to continue collaborating in the future of Tranquil City. The changes that have been implemented are a result of a successful Launch and Co-creation event that we held at the end of January, a series of ‘sleeves rolled up’ workshops with Outlandish and various iterations and testing ahead of the version 2.1 version launch.
The first interactive and automated version of the Tranquil Pavement London was launched at the event on the 30th January, which was kindly hosted by Team London Bridge and Better Bankside. Our street team, posters, and social media campaign (plus the promise of free food and booze) ensured that the event was full to capacity. There were two main aims of the event: to share our excitement with the Tranquil Pavement London; and to get people using it so that we could get feedback from attendees on how we should develop it further. After an introduction to the project and demonstration from the Outlandish guys (Amil and Joaquim) we divided the audience into groups to discuss four key questions:
- Are you likely to use the Tranquil Pavement?
- Do you think Tranquil Pavement will encourage you to share your own Tranquil Spaces?
- Is the pollution information understandable and helpful?
- Does the colour scale make sense to you?
We received fantastic feedback at the event and would like to thank everybody that attended, as well as the beta testers who completed user testing journeys following the event. The response was really exciting for us. The majority of attendees said they would use the tool, were very positive about its application and how they could use it to change their behaviour and routes around London. Most people testing the Tranquil Pavement London at the event indicated that they would start to share their own Tranquil Spaces to the Instagram #tranquilcitylondon, and that they found it very usable.
Clearly, we didn’t just want positive feedback; as we want to make the Tranquil Pavement London as good as possible! A couple of key areas for development were raised. Firstly, we needed to make the appearance of the tool clearer, by providing more geographical references and giving clearer markers for Tranquil Spaces, to better differentiate them from pollution data points. Secondly, as not everyone uses Instagram (the shame!), people wanted other options for added their own Tranquil Spaces. People also raised that more context had to be given to the pollution data, as most people do not understand the values on their own, as well it would be useful for the web-app could highlight Tranquil Spaces under threat from development and how to get involved to help save them.
So, following all of the feedback from you all, during our final development sprint of OrganiCity, we have made the following additions to the Tranquil Pavement London:
- Changing the Tranquil Space Icon to the “upright leaf” (as voted for at the Launch Event!);
- Adding tube station locations and the ability to turn pollution data on and off to make it easier to use the Tranquil Pavement for navigation;
- Users can now add their Tranquil Spaces via Twitter (in addition to Instagram) by posting to #tranquilcitylondon and including the location;
- Further context added to the noise and air quality information, i.e. noise pollution of less than 50 dBA means that it’s a ‘low noise’ area; 19µg/m3 is under the WHO Guidelines of 20 µg/m3;
- Adding the feature for users to be able to highlight London’s Tranquil Spaces that they think might be threatened so that we can all work together to protect London’s tranquillity!
The last one is a big one for us and Outlandish, as we all can highlight the Tranquil Spaces that are helping to keep us tranquil in London and who need support to be saved! We’ve added the first, which is the Old Tidemill Garden in Deptford, which is under threat from development but has a great community project helping kids to explore nature in the garden. All you have to do if one of your Tranquil Spaces is threatened is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , and include information on how to get involved with saving it, and we’ll add it to the map.
Check out the new Tranquil Pavement London updates at www.tranquilpavement.com and help grow the map yourself by posting your Tranquil Spaces to #tranquilcitylondon on Instagram or Twitter!
Tranquil City Team.