*Walk, talk, work: pedestrians and public space
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?All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking?, so said Friedrich Nietzsche, who wasn?t short on great thoughts.
Recent research from the National Association of Women in Construction has explored the importance of walkability in promoting ideas, innovation and collboration in the vicinity of ‘hospital knowledge precincts’ – a distinct area of a city that has a concentration of clinical care facilities co-located with a university and bio-medical research facilities.
The research contends that providing high quality public spaces encourages people to walk around, through and beyond a precinct, enabling connections to be made between institutions and individuals, which will in turn lead to collaboration and innovation.
The study explores the public spaces and pedestrian networks of eight established or emerging hospital knowledge precincts in the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, France and Australia.
The study uncovers a number of trends that are changing the form and function of hospital knowledge precincts such as the internalising of interaction, increases in the number of people on site, the management of congestion and quality of public space, and the use of centralised public spaces as a response to congestion.