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Urban Walking, Experience and Design
One significant area of my research is on the experience of urban walking. This research calls for a shift away from the perspective on walking as a simple and quantifiable mode of transportation. It stresses the importance of a more in-depth anthropological understanding of walking, including from an experiential and temporal point of view, as well as by considering different demographics (gender, age and disability). My publication on Walking and Rhythmicity (2008) takes a phenomenological stance on walking and urban place-design. It challenges main stream urban design and planning views of walking as a simple quantifiable mode of transportation, and introduces it from a sensorial and performative perspective, discussing its rhythmicity and impact on urban place-making. It distinguishes between experiences of walking, introduces it as a meaningful temporal performance and narrative, intrinsic to everyday life and the urban environment – discursive, yet also as a methodology from which place, people and urban time, can be better understood and designed for. The article continues to attract significant interest from the international academic community, which is evidenced in a very high number of downloads, citations, and academic responses, as well as PhDs interest. As a direct result of this work, I have recently been invited to talk at the ‘Embracing the City’ online conversation series organised by the ‘Co-Lab Walk my City Free’ EEA funded research project, Lisbon. My research in this area of studies has evolved, and I am currently contributing with my perspective to the UK innovation funded business led ‘Smart Walkability’ project, in collaboration with CASA, Urban Space Lab and DXW Digital Agency.
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