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Wendy Landman talking walking

Andrew Stuck was attending the Made of Walking gathering of artists at La Romieu in remote south west France, when Andrew was surprised to meet American walking activist Wendy Landman, an executive director of WalkBoston, one of America’s longest running pedestrian advocacy groups. She is here, on an invitation from her college friend and artist Carol Mencke.

WalkBoston walk audit in action in the snow

Wendy discovers that the walking artists at Made of Walking are grappling with many of the issues that Walk Boston has encountered too.  In the blazing sun, they walk along gravel paths, seeking shade, and discuss how walking and pleasurable walkable places are now seen as key elements of quality of life for increasing numbers of Americans.  And how through subtle change in vocabulary, from talking about art to talking about delight  – the delight of walking and of delightful places – hearts and minds of politicians can be won over to the cause of better conditions for those of us who travel on foot.  25’21” 11.9MB

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Tim Stonor talking walking

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Tim Stonor is the Managing Director of Space Syntax Limited, a firm of architects and planners that are specialists in the scientific analysis of pedestrian behaviour. Their 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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Bill Chandler talking walking

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Bill Chandler was Chair of the Victoria State Urban Arts Unit in the mid-1980s and founding member of the Australian Urban Design Forum Inc, for which he remains the convenor. In the 1990s, Bill was Chief Planner, Urban Designer and Marketing Director for the early stages of the Melbourne Docklands Development. Trained as an architect, town planner and engineer, Bill now heads up his own consulting company advising clients from the private and public sectors, and community groups.  He chairs the annual Australian Urban Awards, is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to town planning and urban design. 18′ 53″ 8.9 MB

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

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What Bill has been doing since our interview:

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.  You can download his CV here.