UCL Public Engagement Fellowship
Place: Somers Town, London.
Use of the building: Research.
Author: Izaskun Chinchilla (Senior Teaching Fellow, Senior Researcher and Public Engagement Fellow a the Bartlett School of Architecture).
Responsible of the project in Camden Council: Ben Knowles.
Colaborators: Sally Hart (Research Assistant), Adriana Cabello Plasencia, Alejandro Espallargas and Paula Mena and Jaime Viamonte.
The Space Syntax Laboratory: Sophia Psarra, Fani Kostourou and Athina Lazaridou
Sociologist: Emilio Luque.
Prototyping: Antonio Abellán, Javier Esquiva and Soledad Rico.
Students: Cristna Garza, Shuo Yang
Colaboration with: UCL Public Engagement Unit, The Barttlet School of Architecture and Camden Council.
Design period: 2014-2015
The role that children play in the urban space has been concerning the office during the last cople of years. The research aims to empower the urban and domestic legacy of the 2000-2010 generation .
We are a team developing a combined activity as designers, researchers, space syntax team and public engagement fellows. We develop together these fields because we think that’s the best way to improve the city, create social opportunities and to increase the quality of our designs.
As part of Izaskun Chinchilla Public Engagement fellowship, in colaboration with The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Public Engament Unit and Camden council we have been working in a project to ecourage children to go cycling to school.
Key aims of this Cycle to School Partnership are;
-To encourage children that live and study within the locale to feel safe enough to use implemented cycle routes from a young age, encouraging their cycling skills through to
adulthood, and improving health and wellbeing.
– Encouraging the community to discover their borough´s unique and often unrecognised heritage features.
– Discovering the spatial and multicultural richness of their borough.
We propose a number of routes that will feature a series of WAY-FINDING SIGNALS and GATEWAYS that will allow children to navigate the city with more independence.
As an important part of the cycling and walking routes, we designed way-finding signals. They act as three-dimensional signals to orientate children and parents whilst walking or cycling within the city. The signals are designed through a participatory process and reinforce official definitions of heritage. These elements is designed to spread research insights, allowing people to become familiar with different definitions of what is a landmark and what is a resilient city.
what benefits the signals provide?
• The signals will allow children to navigate the city with more independence.
• They encourage the community to discover new knowledge about the architecture in their neighbourhood.
• They allow researchers to gather unofficial definitions of heritage.
how do the singals function?
• They will be located at each of the intersections along the routes to help the children navigate.
• Colours are associated with cardinal points. Following the colours and the arrows will lead children and parents through the routes.