The Shared Space Debate

Category: Media Articles

Publication: Access Journal

Author: Ben Hamilton-Baillie

Ben describes his first encounter with Hans Monderman, and the counter-intuitive principles of safety and inclusive design that underpin the development of shared space in Europe.

The “shared space” concept has been quietly gaining momentum for several years in Europe, as a revolutionary way of managing our streets,by removing the street furniture and letting traffic and pedestrians mix. It has aroused both interest and criticism over here, as a possiblesolution to pedestrian congestion in one of London’s busiest streets; Exhibition Road. Access Journal puts the idea to the test, inviting partiesfrom both sides of the debate to have their say.

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