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Tranquil Pavement London Co-creation release V2.1!

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:

  1. Are you likely to use the Tranquil Pavement?
  2. Do you think Tranquil Pavement will encourage you to share your own Tranquil Spaces?
  3. Is the pollution information understandable and helpful?
  4. 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:

  1. Changing the Tranquil Space Icon to the “upright leaf” (as voted for at the Launch Event!);
  2. 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;
  3. Users can now add their Tranquil Spaces via Twitter (in addition to Instagram) by posting to #tranquilcitylondon and including the location;
  4. 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;
  5. 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 hello@tranquilcity.co.uk , and include information on how to get involved with saving it, and we’ll add it to the map.

 

 

 

 

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Highlight threatened Tranquil Spaces on the new version of the Tranquil Pavement London, and find out how to get involved to help save them!

 

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!

Be tranquil.

Tranquil City Team.

How do we (respectfully) share and protect tranquil spaces in our cities?

Celebrating tranquillity can help protect, improve and create more tranquil spaces in our cities for all.

Tranquil City[1] is a grassroots urban initiative that seeks to challenge preconceptions of cities. We believe that, by better understanding and promoting the concept of tranquillity in urban areas, we can create cities that better respond to the often-forgotten need for respite from stress, congestion and pollution, providing an escape without the need to leave the city.

A recent article in ThinkingCity[2] questioned whether, by mapping tranquil spaces in London, we were putting them in danger by making them more widely known, as they would become more used and risked losing their very tranquil attributes as a result.

First of all, we’re very glad that Francesca Perry (of Thinking City) agrees with us that “spending time in these places can relieve the pressure of city life, restore a sense of strength that enables you to cope with it.” This is one of the key ideas behind our project.

We’re also really glad to be generating a debate. This illustrates how these spaces matter to people. We believe there needs to be more awareness of the topic and more discussion on the best approach in today’s cities.

Francesca Perry’s question is one we often get asked and indeed, one we’ve asked ourselves from the start. We, however, take a different view, based on our experience and in response to the current context of London and other large cities which suffer from inequalities and limited land availability.

Sharing what we love

First of all, we think there are many tranquil spaces in London with the capacity to benefit more people and still be enjoyable to those who already know them.

We all know people who do not enjoy London and some who have moved out of the city altogether, complaining it is too noisy, busy, and polluted; often, they have rarely, if ever, meandered or turned a corner randomly, because they don’t think there is much to discover or they don’t feel confident to do so. We’re hoping to help people have a better experience of the city, particularly those who are not long-term Londoners and may struggle with their initial impressions.

The other reason we want to widely and freely share the wonders of London is that there are large inequalities in access to green space and exposure to air and noise pollution, and they tend to correlate with socioeconomic inequalities[3][4]. We aim to be part of the range of approaches encouraging and allowing people to walk more, explore, slow down and relax, and enjoy the wealth of benefits that their city offers.

Valuing tranquillity in order to protect it

Secondly, our experience is that in London and other major cities a significant threat to tranquil spaces is not over-crowding, but them disappearing (e.g. being built on or becoming privatised and inaccessible to most), particularly when they are not explicitly valued and protected. We see the appeal in the romantic notion of a city full of secret treasures for deserving explorers and those “in-the-know”. However, we can’t forget the day-to-day practical context of private interests and pressure on land.

Our project aims to celebrate and give visibility not only to these spaces but also to the value they have for citizens.

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This is a very important objective of our work. Most of us know places at threat of disappearing – not the “established” spaces which are specifically protected due to their size, heritage, biodiversity attributes etc, but the little pocket park or seemingly forgotten space that is used and passed by many on a daily basis, often quietly “owned” and improved by local residents as community asset, whether formally recognised or not.

Tranquil spaces under threat from development: Top: Old Tidemill Garden, Deptford (photo credit: Tranquil City); Bottom: Dalston Eastern Curve, a project by J & L Gibbons and muf architecture|art (photo credit: Ania Mokrzycka)

There is actually a provision in the planning system to protect such spaces[5], but in our experience, this is seldom used. We hope our work can support groups in protecting the tranquil spaces that they value.

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Embracing the changing city

Of course, some of those “treasures” might someday become crowded or a tourist attraction: we can’t fight against the principle that people attract people – after all, it’s one of the reasons why at least some of us choose to live in cities. We understand the nostalgic feeling this can bring. On the other hand, we hope that through more awareness and understanding, other places might be discovered, created or protected. Embracing the changing character of our cities is part of our approach: London is always evolving. It’s one of the beauties of a big city and why exploration can go on, and on.

We also hope that celebrating tranquil spaces will bring the attention of those in power (be they planners, developers, landowners etc) to the benefits of creating new ones.

What would you do with these places? Could they become one of your tranquil places?

By adopting a crowd-sourced approach, we are deliberately open-minded and inclusive of subjective elements. We encourage people to reflect on what ‘tranquil’ means to them as individuals, in their urban context, so that we can support the continued diversity of spaces in the city.

We aim to enable people to continually identify new tranquil spaces, and provide a framework to help protect and create them.

The city is not static, there is always change, and therefore always the potential for more secret tranquil spaces! We hope our project can empower people to shape what that change should be.

Join the movement at www.tranquilcity.co.uk

Come along to one of our Tranquil City explorations

Share your own tranquil spaces

Post to Instagram with #tranquilcitylondon, as well as the location, to be featured on the Tranquil Pavement London map and celebrate urban calm for all.

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We are:

  • Grant Waters, acoustician
  • Alberto Calzada, data scientist
  • Ben Warren, air quality consultant
  • Diana Sanchez, socio-economist
  • Julie Godefroy, sustainability consultant

 Thank you to OrganiCity for their support.

References

[1] www.tranquilcity.co.uk

[2] https://thinkingcity.org/2018/01/21/a-city-with-no-more-secrets/

[3] Public Health England & UCL Institute on Health Equity, Health Equity Evidence Review 8, Local Action on Health Inequalities: Improving Access to Green Spaces, 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/357411/Review8_Green_spaces_health_inequalities.pdf

[4] Greater London Authority, Better Environment, Better Health, 2013. https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/gla_migrate_files_destination/Better%20Environment%2C%20Better%20Health%20%28Haringey%2C%20311013%29.docx081113.docxAF.pdf

[5] National Planning Policy Framework, in particular, policies 4, 8 and 11

 

Join us to help create the Tranquil Pavement London – Tuesday 30th January @6:30pm

We welcome you to spend a tranquil evening with us to help shape the Tranquil Pavement London, the first interactive tranquillity map of London!

On Tuesday 30th January @ 6:30pm, at The Hive, 1 Melior Place, London SE1 3SZ we will be launching the Tranquil Pavement London prototype as well as giving away lots of Tranquil City goodies to help spread the word about celebrating urban calm in London for all.

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The Tranquil Pavement London brings together crowdsourced tranquil spaces (chosen by you via Instagram #tranquilcitylondon) and easy to understand information on low noise and air pollution areas to help you discover tranquil, quiet, calm and healthy spaces and journeys wherever you are in London.

You’ll be the first to try out the web-app and we’ll be asking for your ideas and thoughts on how it should look as well as which additional features should be added. Our friends at Outlandish Co-operative will be there, who have developed the Tranquil Pavement London with us, and will implement the additional feature that you like the most!

You’ll also get the chance to sign up and be a Tranquil Pavement London beta mode tester.

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Please bring along at least one photo of your tranquil space. We will post them together on the night to Instagram #tranquilcitylondon, and watch them appear on the Tranquil Pavement London.

As a thank you for your support, there will be lots of:

  • Food and drinks (beers, wine or a calming tea for those dry januaryers!)
  • Tranquil City giveaways (tote bags, maps and promo stickers to help spread the word!)
  • Showcase of some of your #tranquilcitylondon contributions so far!

Be part of the movement that is celebrating urban calm.

Register here for your free ticket!

Thank you to OrganiCity for the support and Team London Bridge for hosting us!

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Discover the Tranquil City | City of London, London Bridge and Deptford

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.

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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.

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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…

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Our impact

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

Follow our blog here for regular updates!

Thanks to OrganiCity for the support. Thank you to David Wood, wiggle_icious and Michael Colman for the photos. Additionally, the Tranquil City project is proudly supported by Anderson Acoustics.

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The Defra Air Quality Plan: Forget the Flashy Headlines, What’s Really Needed is Support for a Fundamental Change to the Way We Travel…

The new Defra plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations was published this week. The plan proposes targeted actions to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen including through promoting public transport, cycling and walking, and actions to accelerate road vehicle fleet turnover to cleaner vehicles. Disappointingly, the majority of the actions, and the much-publicised commitment to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040, focus on tinkering with the motor vehicle industry and accepts our current culture and understanding of transport. There is nothing new on promoting walking, cycling, and ways to reduce vehicle trips. At Tranquil City, we believe that a fundamental change is required in the way we live, work and travel in order to reduce air and noise pollution and exposure to it, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the impacts of climate change. We are working on several projects to encourage active travel in London and are aiming to expand our reach and influence over the coming years.

This week saw the publication of The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plan-for-roadside-no2-concentrations-published). The plan states that poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. It is recognised that addressing road transport emissions presents the most significant opportunity to tackle the nitrogen dioxide problem. The focus is on setting new policies and incentives to promote new technology and innovation, speed up the move to cleaner vehicles and support the industrial strategy to deliver cleaner air for UK towns and cities. The plan proposes targeted actions to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen including through promoting public transport, cycling and walking, and actions to accelerate road vehicle fleet turnover to cleaner vehicles.

However, there is very little focus, and nothing new, in the plan on supporting walking and cycling. The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy), which identifies £1.2 billion which may be invested in cycling and walking from 2016-21, is mentioned. Whilst this a welcome source of investment, this strategy, which was published in April is not something introduced as part of the plan. Also, mentioned is a programme of technical and strategic support to assist local authorities in the development of their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans. An expression of interest process was launched alongside the publication of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in April 2017.

The majority of actions detailed in the plan focus on driving improvements in technology reducing emissions from existing vehicle trips. This includes the highly-publicised commitment to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. This seems an unnecessary, ill-considered and attention-grabbing measure. This proposal is largely an irrelevance in relation to nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Although there has been much controversy around the real-world emissions of diesel cars, and it is clear that they do not perform to the required standard, progressively tighter emission standards have certainly led to reductions in emissions. Vehicle testing regimes are being updated, so it is to be expected that by 2040, they will be performing close to the emission standard, and emissions of oxides of nitrogen will be very low (as they are currently for the latest petrol cars). The nitrogen dioxide limit values will not be exceeded in 2040. Nitrogen dioxide concentrations will be at a level that is highly unlikely to have a detrimental effect on health. Widespread uptake of electric cars would be required to replace the conventional cars. At present, the country seems absolutely unprepared for this. Only a few weeks ago, a National Grid stated that widespread use of electric vehicles could result in an additional 8GW of demand without smart charging (http://fes.nationalgrid.com/fes-document/fes-2017), over two times the capacity of the new reactors being built at Hinckley Point.

So, why are we so disappointed with the lack of any new, tangible measures to support greater walking, cycling and use of public transport? The plan focuses on tinkering with the motor vehicle industry and accepts our current culture and understanding of transport. Even with more electric cars, resources still have to be procured and processed to make the cars, and energy has to be generated. We believe that a much more fundamental change in society is required. There should be a much greater emphasis on reducing private vehicle trips. This will help reduce air and noise pollution, and perhaps even more critically, reduce carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change. The plan could have been used to help government, companies and individuals answer much deeper questions:

  • Why (Do I need to make this trip? Could I do this activity somewhere closer to home?);
  • How (Do I need to drive? Could I walk? Are there new public transport options?);
  • When (Do I need to travel at rush hour? Could I allow my staff to use a more flexible work schedule? Should HGVs be allowed to move around at rush hour); and
  • Where (Can I change my walking route to reduce exposure to pollution? If I need to drive, can I change my route to reduce congestion?)

At Tranquil City, we believe that a fundamental change is required in the way we live, work and travel in order to improve air quality and reduce exposure to air and noise pollution, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the impacts of climate change. We are working on several projects to encourage active travel in London and are aiming to expand our reach and influence over the coming years. Our first experiment with this is our development of the Tranquil Pavement, a map that encourages an exploratory approach to navigating the city, seeking tranquillity, prioritising sense of place and relative low pollution pathways. We believe this is a way to encourage active transport, increasing the appeal of walking and cycling for city dwellers. Follow our blog here and our Twitter feed @tranquilcityapp for updates.

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The Tranquil Pavement – A map that encourages active exploration of tranquillity in the London.

#Tranquil City Exeter

Tranquil City has been invited to launch a #tranquilcityexeter campaign by Exeter City Futures this summer, as part of their goal to increase the well-being of Exeter’s citizens through energy independence and zero congestion by 2025. More information can be found her at https://www.exetercityfutures.com/

Using images tagged to #TranquilCityExeter from Instagram we will create a map of tranquil spaces in Exeter. The aim is to encourage low-impact mobility such as walking and cycling, celebrating nature’s presence in the city and also highlight the benefits of periods of respite for our mental well-being, which are all in line with the ECF’s goals for the future.

The #tranquilcityexeter map can be seen on our website at Tranquil City Exeter and can be loaded as a Google Maps layer on your phone or tablet.

We are interested to understand how our open approach to urban tranquillity can be transferred to a new city, and if the key characteristics of the tranquil spaces collected may be different to our results in London.

We will launching the campaign on Wednesday 14th June as part of their Princesshay Sustainable Transport day, alongside RideOn and GreenRide Sharing that are both challenging congestion in the city.

Come and be part of the Tranquil City movement if you live, work or are visiting the city in the next couple of months, and help create the cities that we all want to live in.

Engaging the public – ‘Walking through the Tranquil City’ Workshop

On the Wednesday 15th February we held a workshop to experiment with our newly created Tranquil Pavement Map. We wanted to observe how people interact with the map to see if it was able to help people find healthier routes through the city. More than 40 people participated and were grouped together to form 5 teams.

 

Each team was assigned three tasks:

  1. Draw on a (plain) map a typical walking route that you take from point A to B
  2. Contribute your tranquil spaces based on your experiences of the city
  3. Consider the same A to B route but prioritising passing through tranquil spaces and areas of low pollution

We presented some examples showing the reduced pollution exposure that could be achieved by using the Tranquil Pavement Map to devise routes across the city. The benefits in terms of exposure were quantified using our GIS map.

The graphs demonstrate that by using both the crowd-sourced and open data sets, we can actively reduce our exposure to noise and air pollution when travelling around the city by significant amounts.

screenshot-2017-02-22-00-19-03Figure 1: Comparison of noise and air pollution exposure with ‘typical’ route and the ‘tranquil’ route.

We considered the health and wellbeing benefits of these reductions in exposure. Using the routes mapped by Grant as an example, based on available guidance and average exposure, we found that if he was to change his route to the ‘tranquil route’ every day for a year, he could be expected to gain an additional day of healthy life! This is a tangible benefit of seeking out tranquil spaces and quieter, less polluted paths along his journey to work.

We believe that this research (which will be detailed further upon completion of the project) is powerful in that as much as we rely on planning and government policies to clean up our air and provide liveable cities, we can actively reduce our exposure to noise and air pollution by choosing routes that are more beautiful, greener, quieter, wilder, sometimes longer but definitely more tranquil.

We are seeking to raise awareness of this so that the profile of the liveability of the city is raised and that planners listen to citizens who want more green spaces, more trees, more wildlife, more pedestrianisation, more waterways and water features. As the Tranquil City experiment has demonstrated, these features can actually result in reduced exposure to noise and air pollution and can help empower people to find more scenic walking and cycling routes through the city.

We will be publishing the results to each of the workshop group’s tranquil routes very soon… watch this space!

screenshot-2017-02-22-00-24-32Figure 2: Visual representation of Tranquil City’s ability to help define tranquillity in the urban context and how it may be placed to aid Local Authorities protect it in the city.

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Humankind’s “great urbanisation” is real and now!

A recent article in the Guardian, coauthored by Professor Lord Stern, called upon our generation’s “great urbanisation” to be conscious and to not limit future generations to cities that are unhealthy and unsustainable.

Bad planning can limit our potential to fight climate change and limit emissions but also create poorer conditions for city dwellers. The article also notes that bad planning can intensify levels of air and noise pollution and it’s obvious health and wellbeing impacts.

“In less than 100 years the world urban population is expected to double to 8 or 9 billion.” Stern and Zenghelis

A debate held at the LSE in November 2015, which also featured Stern, made an urgent call for cities to be forefront of the battle against climate change, citing one way to do this is to adopt a more “compact city” model that encourages efficiency and more sustainable forms of transport such as walking.

Also, a few weeks ago in Quito, Ecuador, the UN New Urban Agenda set out a 20 year plan of urban regeneration and a vision of more compact cities and public transport-based development. This is expected to help encourage communities and cities to take action and reorder how cities are designed.

An example of how planning can result in significantly reduces emissions is that of Atlanta and Barcelona. Both cities have the same population and similar GDP per capita rates. However, Barcelona has 4% of the urban area of Atlanta, and therefore generates 7 times less emissions. It is evident that planning laws should encourage denser developments and avoid urban sprawl if it really wants to reduce emissions.

However, there is a balance to be made where ultra high rise developments can sometimes alienate it’s inhabitants and reduce overall wellbeing and sense of community.

There needs to be a focus on the human scale and the health and wellbeing of city dwellers to lead the forefront of this “great urbanisation”. Understanding peoples needs can help refocus how the city is to be structured and inherently take the focus away from inefficient modes of transport.

Cities that are compact, connected and coordinated are more productive, socially inclusive, resilient, cleaner, with lower GHG emissions, quieter and safer.

Stern emphasised the importance of strong interaction between local city governments and the private sector to take action. There should be strong interaction between community groups that highlight peoples needs directly to these local city governments, and push the private sector into driving a more sustainable and healthy urban future.

I’ll end on a couple of linked poignant quotes from the article,

“The future of the world’s urban population will mostly be built in our lifetime”

“The consequences of bad urban planning and design will last decades or even centuries.”

We need to make our generation’s “great urbanisation” truly great for us and our future generations.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/nov/08/mankind-great-urbanisation-era-act-now-planet-pay

 

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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Tranquil City London map now live.

Hi Everyone,

The Tranquil City map of London is now available on the Tranquil City homepage http://www.tranquilcity.wordpress.com.

All posts have been gathered from the #tranquilcitylondon page so thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

The map is still at beta stage but is available to all, so you can start exploring areas of calm in the city and help us to find more, watching the map grow. Be part of the movement by posting a Instagram video or picture along with the location to #tranquilcitylondon.

There is a lot happening at the moment at Tranquil City, stay tuned for updates.

All the best

Grant and the Tranquil City team.