Transport Environments

The My City Too Transport Forum was commissioned by Arup to gather young Londoners’ ideas for transport environments.

Key Project Information

Partners: Arup
Participants: 20 young people aged 12-19
Format: 1-day workshop

Project Overview

The project gave 20 young Londoners aged 12-16 from seven London boroughs the opportunity to learn about urban design and explore their ideas for better transport environments. Through a one-day workshop, young people explored aspects of the transport system and the quality of the streets and spaces around travel hubs and access points.

Aims

The workshop aimed to bring together a diverse range of young people from across the capital to examine issues at a local and regional level.

The consultation process aimed to:

  • build on existing research conducted by Open-City and other external researchers concerning young Londoners
  • explore the next generation’s needs and aspirations for a better-designed transport system and improved conditions at stations and interchanges
  • support the aim to ‘make London a city for people’ where ‘communities have a say in their future’.

Project Detail

Open-City worked closely with Arup to train volunteers and ensure vibrant activities related to design issues in transport environments. A mind-mapping session and a training session took place prior to the Transport Forum itself to give Arup volunteers an insight into how young people relate to spaces and places in London.

During the workshop the young people made recommendations and devised ways of enhancing travelling environments and making them safe, secure and flexible. Activities included direct experience of exemplary design through a visit to St Pancras International station, as well as mind-mapping, drawing and collage activities exploring the future London Bridge Station.

Achievements

The My City Too Transport Forum provided Arup with a means of engagement with young Londoners. Participants developed a number of valuable skills: learning new ways of looking at and thinking about spaces as well as new ways of communicating their ideas to decision-makers. They learned about design and planning issues and processes and how transport environments can be improved. The consultation process has also generated in young participants a better sense of understanding of how transport environments work, who uses them and how they are designed. They gained an insight into the purpose and need for developments that combine private and community interests, as well as the design and planning processes involved in these developments.

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