Courses, Conferences, Seminars and Lectures
Shared Space: Reconciling People, Places, and Traffic
- Date(s): October 7, 2010
- Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- Location(s): Lincoln House, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Tuition: FREE
- Registration: This event is closed
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Ben Hamilton-Baillie is an architect, urban designer and movement specialist, based in Bristol, England. His work on shared space and the factors that promote civility has helped transform established assumptions and practice surrounding traffic engineering, speed and safety. As director of Hamilton-Baillie Associates, he provides consultancy advice on traffic and urban renewal for a wide range of local authorities, government agencies, developers and community groups. He has researched and promoted fresh approaches to traffic management and street design, exploring new ideas for reconciling the relationship between people, places and vehicles. He is an advisor to the UK’s Department for Transport and to English Heritage, and served on the European Union “Shared Space” research project. He is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath and the West of England, and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000-2001. For further information, see www.hamilton-baillie.co.uk
As New York City and Cambridge, Mass., among many other communities, modify streetscapes to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, a fundamental change is already underway in Europe relating to the principles governing the design of streets and spaces. Based on a new understanding of the economic and social relevance of the streets and spaces that constitute the public realm, engineers, urban designers, policy makers, and politicians are forging ahead with a rebalancing of the need to accommodate movement with social interaction.
Such ideas have their roots in experiments and urban practice in Denmark, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands. In recent years the UK and other countries have begun to develop principles of shared space and integration further, overturning years of traffic segregation and dependence on traffic signs, signals, barriers, high kerbs, road markings, and to question an approach based on state regulation and enforcement. Many recent schemes for busy streets and intersections have demonstrated how establishing a low-speed, unregulated environment that responds to the context and to social protocols can promote safety, improve traffic flow and enhance civility.