zaha hadid architects proposes ‘walkable london’, a full-scale network of pedestrian routes which will create corridors of activation across the capital. the proposal forms part of a trend towards pedestrianising whole districts rather than individual streets.
regent street as it is now,
all images courtesy of zaha hadid architects
the research proposal has identifies 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.
regent street with proposed pedestrianized design
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.
plan of the proposed network of walkways
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.
oxford circus as it is now
the proposal is exhibited by new london architecture at london’s building centre until 26 february 2018. videos from the site break down the proposal into three categories: proposed pedestrian network, city data analytics and alternative housing design strategies.
oxford circus with the pedestrianized system featuring more greenery
upper street (islington) as it is now
upper street (islington) as envisioned in walkable london
oxford street as it is now
oxford street with the pedestrianized walkway
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