Redirecting People Flows for Contextual Regeneration of Dead Urban Tissue
Broadway Market, Hackney
London, UK
2011

The aim of this investigation is a contextual revitalization of struggling urban tissue by redirecting people flows through urban path networks. This is driven by our belief that a ‘healthy’ urban tissue is a result of the everyday interactions of pedestrians on sidewalks.
The result of our investigation is a tool for analyzing and diagnosing struggling urban tissue via a process of data collection, simulation and digital experimentation.
The ‘People Flow Simulator’ uses observed pedestrian and programme data. This data is then used to build ‘particles’ and ‘attractors’ environment that allows users to experiment different intervention strategies with its own effect to the system..
This tool models existing site conditions and simulates the interdependent relationship between pedestrian flows (represented by ‘particles’) and the viability of sidewalk/street-front businesses (represented by ‘attractors’) over the course of a prototypical day.
Indeed, we propose that in modeling people behavioral rules, our tool would:
1. aid in the planning of investment seeds to spur new growth in struggling areas;
2. capitalize on the strengths of the ‘healthy’ tissue of the neighborhood being studied in order to inform a development that is woven integrally into the existing fabric.
In addition, the results of the ‘People Flow Simulator’ could be used to inform a contextually driven
design solution, by applying rules derived from an existing site metrics, ordered by data output from the simulation model.
As a case study, the ‘People Flow Simulator’ has been tested in the area around London Broadway Market and London Fields.