ANALYSING STREET LIFE

When designing or changing streets or public spaces, it is vital that we first take time to analyse how they are used. We have developed two techniques to help understand patterns of usage and behaviour.

Stills photography
This technique uses still photographs taken at regular intervals to observe how pedestrians use a public space. The photographs are then compiled into a single graphic. This usually reveals which parts of public spaces are well-used and under-used and shows the effect that development edges, entrances and the placement of public art and street furniture have on how the people move.

Time-lapse photography
This method allows us to condense several hours of filming into a few minutes. This speeded-up footage highlights movement patterns which are difficult to
perceive in real time. The camera is usually mounted at a high vantage point in order to capture pedestrian or vehicular movement, and any interaction between them.

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