Zaha Hadid Architects Proposes “Walkable London” ⇒ Zaha Hadid Architect has surprised us once again by presenting the “Walkable London” project, a full-scale network of pedestrian routes that will create corridors of activation across the capital. The proposal forms part of a trend towards pedestrianising whole districts rather than individual streets.
The research proposal has identified areas of the city that would most benefit from pedestrianization and suggests building on plans to make Oxford Street a car-free zone. The transformation would be implemented over three phases: primary avenues, secondary avenues, and finally, entire districts. The proposal renders populous areas in London as they would look if fully pedestrianized.
“London was traditionally a walking city. walkable London presents proposals that re-introduce walking as an integral part of the city’s transport network,” said Zaha Hadid Architects in its proposal.
The research initiative hopes that Walkable London will become “an integral part of the city’s transport infrastructure.” It would first see the creation of “fully pedestrianised primary boulevards”, before implementing additional car-free routes. Videos from the site break down the proposal into three categories: proposed pedestrian network, city data analytics and alternative housing design strategies.
The UK capital has some great examples of pedestrianisation revitalising individual districts. Walkable London presents tangible strategies to connect these disparate pedestrianized zones. London’s Trafalgar Square experienced a 300% increase in visitors after the pedestrianisation of its North Terrace. Temporary Sunday closures to traffic on Regent Street results in a 57% increase in footfall. Globally, commercial activity increases by an average of 30% following the pedestrianisation of a street or district.
Source: Design Boom