As cities grow and public areas become more popular and inevitably busier, how can we ensure the quality and enjoyability of these spaces is maintained?
For many workers commuting into, or even within London, the daily commute represents a stressful time. Research done by Office for National Statistics in 2014 concluded that “Holding all else equal, commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters.”(1).
Our inboxes are beginning to overflow with emails from companies seeking our confirmation that we would like to remain contactable via email, phone and post. This correspondence will continue as we approach 25 May 2018, the implementation date of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Winter Olympics 2018 is here. An opportunity for us all to discover new ways to descend mountains with great speed, and for those of us in the UK to rekindle our love of the Skeleton – travelling down a bobsleigh run on little more than a tea-tray at close to 80km/hr.
In the aftermath of the Chancellor’s budget, much of the focus is given to the economic forecasts underpinning the proposed (and cutting of!) public expenditure. The traditional indices used to measure these forecasts are numerous: employment, retail sales, housing starts, industrial output, CPI and GDP are but a few examples. One less highly featured is travel demand.
The unlit firework waits patiently in its alloted place on the field, awaiting it’s moment of glory when it shoots into the night sky competing for space with other fireworks in a dazzling array, then dissipating into the darkness. Perhaps that’s stretching the metaphor of crowd studies too far, but my weekend visit to the Wimbledon Park display wasn’t too disimilar to wholly negate the comparison.
Travelling, whether for work or for pleasure provides an opportunity to appreciate other cultures and experience life in other cities and to benchmark these against cities you know well.
An electrical fire on a Bakerloo line train this morning raises a question about the safety and the extent to which the Bakerloo line rolling stock remains fit for purpose.
Wimbledon, known for the strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, crowds, celebrities like Andy Murray, Tim Henman, and more... has one more phenomenon that stands out from the rest of the experience, which is the queuing.
Seoul has continued to invest in new urban rail lines since the 1988 Olympics, expanding the network to 9 lines, carrying just under 3 billion passengers a year. Slightly shorter and not as busy as London's Underground network. Seoul is also being linked to surrounding cities with a growing high speed rail network.
What makes a concert enjoyable and what is classed as the ultimate fan experience for concert goers?
When a client challenged us to model the mass evacuation of a wide tourist area in London with many potential scenarios and the ability to detail the evacuation per building, the question of which tool to employ needed to be addressed.
At one of Britain’s biggest music festivals, several Movement Strategies’ staff were on site, either to observe the crowd movement or to be part of them.
Movement Strategies supports their clients to operate in China, building in-country Big Data capabilities and supporting the delivery of projects. When Movement Strategies first worked in China, the focus was on Big Infrastructure; it’s now Big Data.
This article describes some aspects of the crowd movement and transport planning undertaken by Movement Strategies that helped to deliver the successful London 2012 Games.
We have a deep interest in designing public spaces that invite rather than deter civic life. So how much is there to learn from the astounding popularity of a mobile game?
Our traditional solution to capacity bottlenecks has been to build greater physical flexibility into the system: faster, longer, more frequent or roomier. It’s a proven approach, and we still [just about] cope on what is largely an anachronistic Transport skeleton. But at some point the combination of cost, constructability and appetite will mean making things bigger or faster returns little long term value – we’ll spend huge quantities not to gain but to maintain a status-quo.
Urban Survivalism or What would MacGyver do? British summertime is here and with it much loved events that are practically institutionalised in the calendars of the stiff upper lippers: Test Matches, Wimbledon, Queen’s Club, Highland & Yorkshire Shows, and the much loved Glastonbury Festival.
Data is big, fast, real time, on the cloud, comprises the starting point for insights that can improve decision making and subsequently people’s lives.
Transport planning is a socio-economic discipline. A transport network must allow the transport of people and goods in the most efficient way in terms of benefit-cost ratio.
December 2015 saw the opening of the striking new glass entrance at Tottenham Court Road and the return of the Central Line to the station after a 12-month hiatus. Ok, so the tiling isn’t quite complete. Some of the finishes are exposed and the signage is not perfect. But do customers care about grouting and tunnel linings…
In many cities, streets are dominated by vehicle traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists are often segregated and relegated to unappealing zones, thus hindering opportunities for urban life due to noise, pollution and safety issues.
As a happy (and sometimes wet) walker, I am concerned by the design of my streets – and I’m not the only one. Recently, a French city decided to remove hoardings to stop the visual pollution associated with advertising and thus to prevent the hyper-stimulation of pedestrians.
September – end of the holiday season and time to go back to work. Or perhaps, let’s remember the fading warmth of the summer weeks.
At Movement Strategies we have the privilege to visit stadiums, events and train stations to understand the projects we are working on.
Utopia and dystopia stories aroused my interest for urban planning– and during our annual crowd safety observation at Glastonbury Festival, I got the perfect occasion of understanding the full implications of this appeal and of giving some thoughts about a rather classic debate in urban planning: can we make the cities we want?