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Towards Shared Space
Category: Publication

This peer-reviewed paper was published in Summer 2008, and outlines the background and principles behind shared space, describing some of the significant examples in the UK and mainland Europe. Special emphasis is given to explori... [MORE]

Challenging Assumptions
Category: Publication

This polemic for Urban Design Quarterly questions some of the familiar features of urban streets and ponders whether the clutter of signs, markings, barriers and signals are really necessary. It concludes with some simple, cost-sa... [MORE]

Crossing the Road in Britain, 1931-1976
Category: Publication

This excellent study of the mundane, but essential, act of crossing the road reads like a social and political history of Britain in the 20th century! Where did all those panda, puffin, pelican and pegasus crossings come from, and... [MORE]

Tom Vanderbilt's excellent analysis of driving and driver behaviour
Category: Publication

This is a fascinating and well informed study of recent science and observations about traffic and the psychology of driver behaviour. Readable, witty, and very well researched, this is an excellent study for anyone interested in... [MORE]

"The Traffic Guru" - a profile of Hans Monderman
Category: Media Articles

An excellent article outlining the work and legacy of the late Hans Monderman, the brilliant and unassuming traffic engineer who helped transorm thinking about people, places and traffic in his native Friesland. The article consid... [MORE]

Shared Space in Europe
Category: Radio & Television

This video summarizes the background and key principles of shared space, presented from the perspective of the lead authority for the project, the Province of Friesland in The Netherlands. It features the seven projects that contr... [MORE]

Urban Design London Learning Network
Category: Radio & Television

One of a series of lectures on current urban design issues drawn together by Urban Design London, presented by Ben Hamilton-Baillie. Takes a broad look at legislatied and unlegislated behaviour or a regulatory versus a social fram... [MORE]

Pedestrian Guardrails
Category: Publication

The IHT's magazine requested contributions from current practicioners to debate the merits of pedestrian guardrails in urban streets To read the complete article please download the PDF below.... [MORE]

Risk Compensation and the Paradox of Safety
Category: Publication

This excellent book by Warwick Cairns explains the principles of risk compensation and the paradoxes of safety. These paradoxes explain many of the counter-intuitive outcomes of shared space.His chapter on "The Safety of Dang... [MORE]

Rip out the traffic lights and railings
Category: Media Articles

Simon Jenkins argues that drivers negotiating shared space with other street users reduces traffic and road accidents. Explains the key principles of "risk compensation", central to the research of Professor John Adams&n... [MORE]

Obituary - Hans Monderman
Category: Media Articles

The Guardian newspaper's obituary was one among many to recognize the remarkable contribution of Hans Monderman to rethinking long-held assumptions about traffic, safety, civility and the quality of streets and public spaces.D... [MORE]

Signal Failure
Category: Media Articles

Michael Brunton, reporter for TIME magazine, considers the legacy of Hans Monderman to improving streetscapes in Europe. This article follows a series of interviews with Hans Monderman and Ben Hamilton-Baillie shortly before the d... [MORE]

The case against traffic lights
Category: Media Articles

"The case against traffic lights". BBC Newsnight screened a piece by Martin Cassini on Monday 14th January 2008, arguing that traffic lights diminish road safety, increase congestion, add to environmental pollution and d... [MORE]

Building Health - Creating and enhancing places for healthy, active lives
Category: Publication

Building Health sets out to explore the relationship between public health and the built environment. It includes "position statements" from leading experts in specific aspects of urban design, landscape architecture, en... [MORE]

Shared Space for Bristol?
Category: Media Articles

A fantasy for Bristol’s streets entered by Ben for the forthcoming exhibition called “200 Ideas for Bristol” to celebrate the bi-centenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.... [MORE]

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