29 July 2019

MICA support NLA’s Future Streets Insight Study

MICA is proud to continue our sponsorship of New London Architecture’s [NLA] Transport and infrastructure programme, to support ‘Future Streets’ a research study which investigates the past, present and future of our streets.

Future Streets is an NLA research paper and exhibition that seeks to investigate the past, present and future of our streets. The research will look at the impacts and opportunities of technology and new mobility in London and how multiple technological developments and strategies will promote new street-based mobility solutions, that are also multi-modal, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.

One of MICA’s founding design principles is ‘Giving something to the street’. We appreciate the challenge ahead to evolve street design to integrate advancing technologies whilst also maximising active frontage and optimising street presence and orientation to deliver enjoyable spaces to live, work and move around in.

We benefit from working on a multitude of scales from the detail and specification of public spaces and adoptable areas, to strategic transport planning level, and use the lessons learned to build on our success. We boast an unparalleled breadth of work across a range of sectors and relish the urban design challenge in complex sites, and believe our experience can be of benefit to the insight research.

“A city sidewalk by itself means nothing. It means something only in conjunction with the buildings and other uses that border it”
– Jane Jacobs

As part of the research NLA are collating information from across the world; from street improvement projects, to transport strategies and pilot projects trialling new technologies such as autonomous vehicles or smart sensors, to policies that look at new street-based mobility and repurposing of streets, this collection of projects and case studies will demonstrate the trends in street design and regulations, alongside new mobility technologies that will impact the way we design and move around the capital.

MICA will be submitting projects across a range of scales; building on our London metro-isation studies from ‘growth lines’, we have developed ideas for policy which increase access to transport hubs through the improvement of public realm; and further afield in the U.S. we are working on developing sustainable flood and resilient development whilst integrating automated vehicles into the streetscape.

MICA have been involved in meetings and round-table discussions on the varied topics the insight study covers, and look forward to further input, and showcasing our relevant projects in the exhibition at The Building Centre from November 2019 – January 2020, alongside a series of supporting events.

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