Walkable London: Upgrading the urban prosperity engine is a research initiative and exhibition proposing a full-scale network of pedestrian routes across London. Zaha Hadid Architects proposes an integrated transport infrastructure to make walking part of an individual's daily routine in the city. The firm's scheme aims at connecting existing pockets of pedestrianized areas into one city-wide network.
The firm's research highlights several key statistics driving their project. Globally, commercial activity increases by an average of 30% following the pedestrianization of a street or district. On average, Londoners spent more than 100 hours per year stuck in traffic, costing the city’s economy £6.2bn (£1,911 per person) annually, while over 90% of air pollution in cities is caused by vehicle emissions.
Walking has also been tied to community involvement. Studies conclude that every 10 minutes of commuting reduces community involvement by 10%. Increasing opportunities for Londoners to live within walking distance of their work also increases their opportunities to interact with their community–an important factor in well-being and happiness.
Walkable London aims at re-introducing walking as an integral part of the city’s transport network. The exhibition can be viewed at New London Architecture until Feb. 26, 2018.
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