50 years after the publication Traffic in
Towns warned of the need to tame the tyranny of the motor car in urban
areas, UK designers are finally beginning to rethink the strategies of traffic control.
In 2013 the Cheshire town of Poynton completed a scheme to transform its
central streets by re-engineering how the large volume of traffic moved
through it. Its success has been described as a 'game changer' and as a beacon for
other towns and cities looking to regenerate the places where there is a
need to rebalance the needs of people and vehicles.
The evening is a chance to explore how this works. It will begin with a showing of the video Poynton Regenerated which
will be followed by a panel discussion examining the issues raised by the
scheme. The panel will include Ben Hamilton-Baillie an urban movement specialist who was lead designer for the Poynton scheme and Robert Huxford, Director of the Urban Design Group.