Public realm is the space around and between buildings. We will visit various public spaces in Southwark and Lambeth, and the cycle routes between them, to consider questions such as: Does good design encourage walking and cycling? Do public spaces encourage us to meet our fellow citizens face to face? Do public realm improvements lead to gentrification?
Jan Gehl (whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist) said: "First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works"; and “In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing. It is more and more important to make the cities inviting, so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and experience directly through our senses. Public life in good quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic life and a full life”.
|Van Gogh Walk public realm, SW9 (source Van Gogh Walk website)|
Come and find out whether Lambeth and Southwark have achieved this in some of the two boroughs’ public spaces.
Ride Saturday 30 April 2016 starts at 2pm beside City Hall (Potters Field Park side), SE1 2AA finishing at around 4.30 in Clapham. The ride will be led by Clare Neely and Tessa Wright. All welcome, no need to book. If you have any questions before the ride contact Tessa on 07949 785258.