Category Archives: Transport professionals

Interviews with people who work in the built environment and transport sectors to improve pedestrian quality and making places more walkable

Martin Foessleitner talking walking

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MartinFoessleitner1Martin Foessleitner is an Information Designer living in Vienna. As he undertakes all his dailyVienna_way_marker1 errands on foot, he knows his neighbourhood intimately. However, Vienna isn’t just for residents, it attracts day trippers and is an international tourist destination. Andrew Stuck walked with Martin through the centre of the city on a sunny October day as he explained to me how he came to design the city’s way marking system and how when providing information to those on foot, less is more.Vienna_way_marker2

Recorded in October 2015 on a walk through Vienna in Austria. Published in June 2016 26’45” 12.5MB

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Dieter Schwab talking walking

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Austria is the first country in Europe, if not in the world, to have a National masterplan strategy toMasterplan-grab promote walking.  This has come about in a remarkably short time.  It is a little over 8 years since Vienna resident Dieter Schwab formed the Austrian Pedestrian Organisation, to rally supporters in every echelon of government, to plan how they could put the pedestrian first in their strategic plans and policies.

Speaking to Andrew Stuck during the 2015 Walk21 conference, from the Rathuas in Vienna, Dieter begins the interview by explaining just how rewarding living in an inner city walkable neighbourhood can be.  10.1MB 21’48”

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Listen to Dieter’s 5 year walking forecast made in December 2013.

Tim Pharoah talking walking

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What do we mean by walkability? What makes a neighbourhood walkable and why does it matter?  These are questions put to Tim Pharoah, a transport researcher who has been championing mobility on foot for more than 40 years.  Recorded on a walk through the streets between Waterloo and London Bridge railway stations, part of London where Tim once lived.

Bankside, The Cut and Waterloo Quarter, as this part of London in 2015 is now known, is a hive of construction and a tourist attraction to boot.  Few places offer quiet with Red Cross Gardens as a welcome exception.  The recording opens with Tim telling us about his chief concern of traffic speed and how to calm it. 28’53” 13.5MB

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Sara Wookey talking walking

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Sara Wookey is a creative dancer and choreographer, who when based in Los Angeles works as a movement consultant to Metro Transit the underground public transport system, winning over discretionary metro riders to experience the city on public transport beside discovering life on foot.  Walking in LA was the means by which Sara discovered the city when she moved there in 2006.  Being a pedestrian in LA is not something that many aspire to, walking in the city, or riding public transit is for those who can’t afford a car. Sara’s work as a movement consultant has also taken her indoors to museums and galleries, where she works with museum visitors to explore collections in a more playful way, and out and about in neighbourhoods working alongside urban planners.  24’09” 11.3MB

In summer 2014, Sara was  performing at the Raven Row Gallery, in London, in a historic dance piece devised by Yvonne Rainer in 1966, likened to being a pedestrian as the performance links day to day movements.

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Photo credit: David Kelley

Matt Tomasulo talking walking

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How long does it take to walk from here to there? is a fairly straightforward question that crops up often enough.  Providing duration times of journeys on foot, was the common sense answer that came to urban planning student and would-be pedestrian activist, Matt Tomasulo, from Raleigh, North Carolina in the southern United States.  His answer to this common question was to devise a set of signs that not only gave direction but duration for journeys on foot, and set about putting them up around Raleigh.  What if these guerilla signs could be made available to anyone, anywhere?  What if anyone could make some of their own?

WYC_MG_8392Using Kickstarter, the crowd funding website to raise funds and spread the word, Matt created the web-based Walk [Your City] app. We in the UK maybe more reticent about putting up signs around our towns, but it appears less so in north America, with not only citizens but towns and city leaders making signs of their own, to Walk their City.  The interview, recorded over the Internet, opens with Matt explaining what is Walk [Your City]. 25’46” 12.1MB

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Photo credits: Walk your City

Jody Rosenblatt Naderi talking walking

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An interview with Professor Jody Rosenblatt Naderi, Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department, at Ball State University, in Indiana in the USA. The interview begins with Jody talking about her research into street trees and their effect on driver and pedestrian behaviour.  We discuss how cities can be judged on how civilised they are by the quality of the walking environment they offer and ends with a discussion of Jody’s research into the Philosopher’s walk.  As this interview was recorded over a poor connection via the Internet, in parts it is difficult to make out some of Jody’s comments, so we have provided a Transcript 35’02” 16.4MB

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Photo credit: John Peters

Tim Stonor talking walking

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Tim Stonor is the Managing Director of Space Syntax Ltd, a firm of architects and planners that are specialists in the scientific analysis of pedestrian behaviour. SpaceSyntaxTheir work looks at movement at every scale of the city, forecasting where people will walk, cycle, drive or be driven, should a change in the street pattern or built environment be altered. They have had a hand in the redevelopment of public realm in many traditional cities, not least in London’s prime public squares, but they have also developed forecasting techniques to predict movement patterns in future cities.

The discussion ranges widely, considering how we get around now and how digital technologies will alter the way we will navigate the cities of the future. The interview was recorded in St Andrew’s Gardens in Bloomsbury, just a short walk from Space Syntax’s offices, in June 2013. 24’33” 11.5MB

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Brunel Mile talking walking

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RichardHoldenRichard Holden, a planner with Bristol City Council and George Ferguson GeorgeFergusonCBE, an architect in the Bristol practice of Ferguson MannArchitects (and now Mayor of Bristol), join Andrew Stuck for a walk along the Brunel Mile in Bristol. Recorded on a blustery September day in 2008. 19’05” 8.9 MB

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STOP PRESS: In 2013 we adapted this interview as an audio walk “Walk with the Mayor” (as part of a series of Walks in your Pocket devised by Bristol Parlour Rooms) – you can download it here: https://soundcloud.com/theparlourshowrooms/andrew-stuck-walk-with-the

Nick Cowen talking walking

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Andrew Stuck accompanies Nick Cowen, a Senior Rights of Way officer on a walk to inspect a bridleway in south Wiltshire that has been recently cleared by a contractor. FlintNick is an accomplished photographer and musician and has recently turned his hand to writing about his work as seen through the eyes of an early nineteenth century pedestrian tourist. The interview was recorded in September 2009. 19′ 40″ 9.2MB

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STOP PRESS Nick has turned his hand to contemporary fiction with “Trust Harrison” – it may be fiction but you won’t find a truer insight into the trials of a Rights of Way warden. 

Tony Armstrong talking walking

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Tony Armstrong of Living Streets, LSlogoBritain’s leading campaigners on behalf of the pedestrian talks about how they are lobbying the government for better streets. This interview was recorded in December 2008. 19’24” 9.1 MB

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STOP PRESS: In July 2014, Tony Armstrong left Living Streets to become the CEO of Locality

Robert Huxford talking walking

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Robert Huxford is Director of Britain’s UDGlogoUrban Design Group based in Clerkenwell, London. In this interview, recorded on a wet weekday morning while walking around Clerkenwell, with an almost constant background noise from motor traffic, Robert shares with us his enthusiasms for travel by foot.  14’43” 6.9 MB

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Bill Chandler talking walking

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An Interview with Bill Chandler from Melbourne, founder and convenor of the Australian Urban Design Forum, in which he talks about the evolution of walking professionals in Australia and how design of the urban environment and the marketing of ideas to promote walkable communities are of intrinsic value. The interview was recorded In August 2008 in London. 18′ 53″ 8.9 MB

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Listen to Bill Chandler’s 5 year walking forecast recorded in 2013.

UrbanVoicesSTOP PRESS: Bill Chandler is the editor of Urban Voices, a book celebrating 25 years of Urban Design in Australia, which not only looks back but forward to the future – download a brochure. you can order your copy from here.