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Pedestrian Pathways in a Healthy City & Launch of new ‘Writing the City’ App

One major event in the 2015 calendar is the 52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference (June 29th-3rd July 2015), and Bristol Green Capital Partnership is pleased to be supporting the University of Bristol’s Institute for Advanced StudiesElizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health ResearchCabot Institute and Future Cities Collaboratory who are coordinating the session on Pedestrian Paths in the Healthy City.

The two day symposium, Pedestrian Pathways in the Healthy City (1 – 2 July 2015, Marriott Royal, College Green), will bring together researchers from the Worldwide Universities Network (Auckland, Bergen, Cape Town, Leeds, York), GW4 Alliance (Bath, Cardiff, Exeter) and World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at UWE, and members of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and beyond, to discuss the role of walking in the achievement of more liveable urban environments.

Pedestrian Pathways in the Healthy City

This proposal aims to bring key academics from across the Worldwide Universities Network to take part in this international conference and in a following symposium at the University of Bristol to explore the practice of walking as an aspect of the liveable city. Pedestrian Pathways Symposium draft programme (PDF, 171kB).

Walking will be explored from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective, and new research projects will be hosted by the University of Bristol’s Future Cities Collaboratory, a collaborative research framework for the University to work with external partners around the issues of future cities and communities, with Bristol as a potential test bed.

Sustrans Street Pockets project - transforming streets and urban spaces

Sustrans Street Pockets project – transforming streets and urban spaces

Bristol Green Capital Partnership members Ben Barker (Let’s Walk Bedminster), Susan Carter (Bristol Ramblers), James Jackson (WSP Group), Kevin Ramm (Green Crocodile Company), Paola Spivach (Sustrans) and Rosalind Turner (Netwalking South West) will be attending the symposium and taking part in a panel discussion on Walkability and the Built Environment.

It will be convened by Professor Ralph Pite, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, who explains: “At our symposium, researchers from medicine, social science, built environment, and the arts and humanities will meet with non-academic partners. This wide range of experience and expertise will generate new thinking about the cities in which more and more of us live. Each area of work is, furthermore, being informed and shaped by smart technology, so we will be thinking particularly about the potential and impact of the digital revolution – and about the possibilities thrown up by our own app, Romantic Bristol: Writing the City.”

The symposium is fully booked, but we’ll will sharing news and stories from the event on the website and through social media. Find out more below about how to get involved in the Writing the City App.

Launch of the ‘The Romantic Bristol: Writing the City’ App

Romantic Bristol – a walking app for a Green Capital

Romantic Bristol – a walking app for a Green Capital

The Romantic Bristol: Writing the City app, developed by a team at the University of Bristol, combines the city’s Romantic period history with present-day responses to that cultural heritage. It will enable users to explore the city of Bristol on foot, discovering its history in the present, and seeing the present through the lens of the past.  The app will also be a source of research data to explore the ways in which walking through a city is altered, enhanced, encouraged and deliberately or subliminally directed by representations of its history; it will supply data about users’ pathways through the environment, their choices, preferences and explorations.

If you are interested in testing the app, please join us at 10am on Saturday 4 July at the Arnolfini – there will be tea/coffee and a brief explanation and demonstration of the app. For those who have not already done so, there will be an opportunity to download the app. Users can then wander as their fancy (and the app) may take them, before reconvening back in the Arnolfini for a feedback discussion and lunch from 12:30-2pm.

All are welcome, please sign up here to secure your place.

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