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Built Environment

At Rethinking Cities Ltd. we are passionate in our aim to engage and empower the public to take an active role in improving their neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Much of our work has been in consulting and involving children and young people in projects focussed on creating more child-friendly buildings, places and routes.

We have been involved in designing and planning urban and suburban environments with the pedestrian and wheelchair user in mind, and have more than 10 years experience in working with clients from the built environment sector who share our desire for more people-friendly urban places and spaces.

We have extensive experience in built environment education research, providing advice to professional institutions, the commercial sector and to local authorities.

Below are details of projects with which Rethinking Cities have been involved.


Map of Walking - wireframe


e-Learning platform for built environment practitioners


Working with:

Robert Huxford - Urban Design Group & Public Realm Information & Advice Network

Download: Wireframe for web platform (4.1MB)



Map of Walking - generic proposal


e-Learing platform for built environment practitioners


Working with:

Robert Huxford - Urban Deign Group & Public Relm Infomratiun & Advice Network.

Download: Generic proposal (1MB)



Bloomsbury Map Ramble

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5 years since the first Map Ramble, PhD students from the Bartlett School of Planning undertook a Map Ramble around Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, facilitated by Andrew Stuck.


Client: University College London, Bartlett School of Planning



Boston Neighbourhoods - dynamic interpretations

Information Architecture

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Rethinking Cities is providing expert advice to graduate students in Dynamic media on how to discover and interpret what makes a neighbourhood. Skyped into classrooms at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Andrew Stuck is providing one-to-one and one-to-many transport and urban design education to graduate students.

Client: Massachusetts College of Art & Design



AMAZING LONDON

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A finalist in the NHS London Social Innovation Competition for physical activity, AMAZING LONDON proposed a way in which London could become more playful for all ages.

Working with: Barking & Dagenham Borough Council, Bromley Borough Council, the Jubilee Hall Trust, and Writtle College. We are seeking partners to support this venture.
Download: The original submission (62KB)



South East Excellence Urban Design initiatives

Working as an Associate to the University of Greenwich's Urban Renaissance Institute, Rethinking Cities undertook a review of recent and current initiatives to establish which was still relevant now that a downturn in development is upon us.

Client: Urban Renaissance Institute



Romantic Ribbons walkshop

Tastes of a romantic city

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Conducting a walk shop (mobile workshop and site visit) with Barcelona Walk21 delegates during which participants learnt how to determine what makes a place/city romantic and how to identify examples of good design interventions that promote comfort, happiness and romance.

Client: 2008 Barcelona Walk21
Download: Romantic Ribbons - routes linking romantic places (79KB)



Places to Go: Case studies

Play England

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Commissioned by Play England's Places to Go project, Rethinking Cities carried out research and an evaluation of accessible play spaces.

Client: Play England



UniverCities: place based learning

Academy of Urbanism

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Rethinking Cities Ltd. has been carrying out research into the development of a network of UniverCities based on 2006 Urbanism Award finalists.

Client: The Academy of Urbanism



No Lingering in Lewisham

Goldsmith's

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Facilitating workshops and conducting walk shops with secondary school children helping children to develop skills to become discerning critics of the built environment, and engage in conversations with public space stakeholders, both in person and across the Internet.

Working with: Goldsmith's College's (University of London) Design & Technology team
Download: Project outline (39KB)



UniverCities: learning through place

Academy of Urbanism

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Research into built environment education to derive recommendations for an educational strategy across the UK and the Irish Republic. Face to face and telephone interviewing, was complemented by literature and Internet search. A workshop was facilitated with the Education executive of the Academy to explore the recommendations.

Client: Academy of Urbanism
Working with: Amanda Claremont (University of Brighton)



Romantic walk shop

Conducting a walk shop (mobile workshop and site visit) with built environment, health and transport professionals during which participants learn how to determine what makes a place/city romantic and how to identify examples of good design interventions that promote comfort, happiness and romance. Such walk shops prompt ideas and generate discussion about good design practice and quality place making and strengthen key generic skills including breakthrough thinking, communicating, collaboration, team building and inclusive visioning.

Client: Kinect and Melbourne Walk21 / City of Toronto Walk21
Download: Love by Design walkshop in Toronto 2 Oct 2007 (92KB)