Connected Streets

Sketchbook for Future Cities Catapult project, Connected Streets: How our cities will feel and perform when spaces, objects, buildings, infrastructure and people are connected.

New User Experiences for cyclists, is the first in a series of speculative design films from the Future Cities Catapult. The film contains five sketch prototypes of potential new cycling experiences based on existing or near-future technologies. These were conceived in response to challenges such as wayfinding, safety or air quality. We describe the individual ideas in more detail here. Read about the thinking behind each prototype and about our research process. We posed the question, what could a cycle path be? Could we create or augment a cycle path with connected technologies? The film explores these questions in relation…

Learning by doing, design research methods There is a lot of research out there on cycling and cyclists - academics and pressure groups collect a lot of data to understand the existing situation. Whilst this data is very useful, as designers we wanted to do some design-research of our own - experiencing, observing and talking to people about cycling in the city in a concentrated way. Noticing the surroundings that we move through on a daily basis (usually quite subconsciously), is a really important design-research method for the city. We’ve used film as a tool to observe, research and…

Watch the full film here Cycle helmets provide an opportunity to integrate the idea of Head-Up Displays (HuD) into cycling. There are already a number of ski goggles on the market with integrated HuDs. These are generally for 'push-notifications' which deliver online content, much like Google Glass. However if these displays talked to the city around them—if they knew where the cyclist was and what they were looking at—they could give much more subtle spatial and contextual information that builds on the surroundings of the cyclist. Learning from observation and our own experience, we see that cyclists often…

Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult This films are made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, and explores themes of innovation in the provision of housing. Topics include: Crisis, Fabrication, Timber homes & Emerging models. Wikihouse links the so-called third industrial revolution to Britain’s housing crisis and the film explores associated themes of localised production, carbon efficient building, localism, land markets, new business models and material innovation. If we can enable citizens to design and build what’s preventing…

Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, and connects the so-called third industrial revolution to Britain’s housing crisis. “Why is it that one of the wealthiest countries in the world has built the smallest houses in Europe?” - Alastair Parvin, WikiHouse, Architecture 00 Exploring The Future of Housing - Pt.1 from Future Cities Catapult on Vimeo. Watch the next video in the series on fabrication…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, it explores the WikiHouse project and how distributed design and build might change how we provide homes in the future. As production becomes increasingly localised and precise through automated fabrication how could this change the way we build homes? Exploring The Future of Housing - Pt.2 from Future Cities Catapult on Vimeo. Watch the next video in the series on Timber Homes…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, it explores the self-build of a cross-laminated timber home in Bermondsey, London. "So in a way a lot of the work is done on the drawing board or on the computer screen in terms of sorting out the relationship between the different pieces. Then it turns up like a giant lego kit” - Martin Williams, Hampson Williams Architects Exploring The Future of Housing -…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, here we explore some of the emergent models around community, self-build, and custom-build. “So as part of the planning permission we create what we call plot design codes. So for each plot there are a small number of rules you have to comply with. So there’s a consistency between the different homes. But people always bring something of themselves to the homes.” -…