Tag Archives: Ben Hamilton-Baillie
29.12.15 A driver honked at me from behind as I walked diagonally across Tesco car park in Barnstaple. “Where are your manners?” I asked. “Why weren’t you looking where you were going?” he yelled. I struck him dumb with a … Continue reading
So the One Show item was inadequate and the studio comments biased (through lack of information). The negative storm being kicked up by the blind lobby doesn’t mean shared space is wrong. It reveals the power of the delusion which … Continue reading
6′ video commissioned by the Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure featuring Ben Hamilton-Baillie can be seen here.
Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who coined the term “shared space”, now prefers the term “low-speed environments”, partly because it avoids the confusion that arises between “shared space” and “shared surfaces”. While shared surfaces imply no pavement or kerbs, shared space retains the distinction … Continue reading
Good piece about Poynton by the Institution of Civil Engineers here.
Thanks to Ian Walker for bringing this article by Sarah Goodyear to my attention. Judging by many of the comments, a lot of people still don’t get it. The phrase “shared space” has a life of its own. Equality Streets … Continue reading
The little town of Poynton in Cheshire puts to shame cities such as London, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge by introducing the UK’s most innovative traffic scheme to date, proving that equality expressed through design can tame, decongest and render safe the … Continue reading
Last week I finished a draft edit of a film about Poynton, a community thriving again after liberation from decades of oppressive traffic engineering. More material needs to be shot, so it’s still a couple of months away from publication, but … Continue reading
Ben Hamilton-Baillie, street designer and proponent of shared space (he penned the phrase), thinks streetscape redesign is enough on its own, and that streets are designed to express a social context, road-users will instinctively start behaving sociably. I accept that to a degree, … Continue reading