As virtual reality (VR) technology advances and becomes increasingly accessible, it’s inevitable that it will become a greater part of the planning process, both for transport planning and urban design.
Co-living takes many forms, but broadly speaking when we talk about co-living we mean people who share living space but who are not part of the same family. A quick rummage around on the web shows that co-living is often described as a new way of living or a modern re-think of how we can make the most of housing.
The UK’s population is getting older. The latest government figures show that in 2016, 18% of people were aged 65 and over, and 2.4% were aged 85 and over. In 1996 people aged 65 and over made up 15.9% of the population, while in 1976 the figure was 14.2%.
Since being introduced to the capital in 2010, Transport for London’s public hire bikes have become a common sight in the city. There are now around 12,000 bikes in operation, with users picking up and returning the cycles from 750 docking stations throughout London.
The experience economy is a term that was first used in 1998 by authors B. Joseph Pine II and James H Gilmore. It describes an economy, now emerging, in which money is exchanged for experiences. This economic development follows earlier economies: the agrarian economy, industrial economy and the service economy.
When a particular economy-type develops, it follows that it will affect many aspects of daily living which are touched by it. The experience economy is no different. It affects business, shopping, socialising and home-life, all of which impact on urban regeneration, including urban design and community regeneration.
There’s no doubt that the way we travel in the future is going to be very different. A combination of technological advances and the desire for pollution prevention are all shaping new possibilities for vehicles and transportation. From driverless cars through to electric and hybrids, as well as airborne transport including airships and drones, the potential is really starting to unfold.
First up, let’s define our terms. In the United States, car sharing is the term given to a scheme where several people have the shared use of one vehicle (this is known as a car club in the UK). Here in the UK, car sharing is the practice of sharing costs and reducing environmental impact through more than one person travelling together in the same vehicle, as seen in the recent hit BBC sitcom, Peter Kay’s Car Share. It’s that UK definition that we’ll be talking about here.
The Route Consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing was the largest ever consultation for a UK road project. It received 47,034 responses.
The Consultation was regarding proposals for a new road crossing connecting Kent and Essex. New road design and transport infrastructure are needed to relieve congestion at the Dartford Crossing and support economic growth.
Following this Consultation, a preferred route was published in April 2017.