In urban design terms, streets are the spaces that connect the buildings, the arteries and veins of the city that keep the oxygen pumping around the body and enable life. Streets are spaces of creativity and public life, the expression of individuality exhibited by people.
London’s streets are some of the busiest in the world and have to meet the demands of a number of different users, each with their own individual requirements. Whether a quiet resident street, congested thoroughfare or a bustling high street, conflicts exist between users that must be minimised through intelligent design.
Although the majority of street spaces are characterised by movement, there are many examples of where streets acts as important gathering spaces in the public realm. These spaces have different design requirements that encourage activity, inclusion and interaction, fostering community spirit and participation/involvement.
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