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Olga Surawska

Published date
29 May 2019

Discovery in flux: adventure and safety factors in exploratory walking in changing urban landscapes

College: Central Saint Martins
Supervisors: Professor Phil Baines, Tricia Austin


Contemporary European cities are undergoing rapid spatial and social transition. Taking into account factors of adventure and safety - as equivalent to space and place, openness and definition respectively (Tuan 1977) - this research investigates how participatory way-showing practices (Simonsen, Robertson 2013; Mollerup 2013) can encourage exploratory walking in changing urban landscapes. Using Hackney Wick in London as a case study area, the ultimate aim of this research is to develop a design framework for way-showing responsive to change, informed by how much adventure and safety is needed by walkers who explore urban areas in flux.