Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Human Behaviour as a Design Tool

The day-long workshop on "Future Cities: Prospects and Challenges" took place today at the Glass Hall, Eco Park. It was inaugurated by the British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata. Delegations from the University of Columbia, University of Tokyo, University of Edinburgh, IIT Kharagpur and many others participated. Presentations were also made on behalf of Naya Raipur and Amravati. I sat through the day and listened to the points of view presented, looking for cues to take New Town and the Theme Cities ahead.

Graphic Desgn for Future Cities

I got the sense that future cities need to recognize human behaviour as a design tool. The concept was introduced by a professor from Amsterdam (Dr Sytse de Maat) who elaborated by explaining that, for example, pedestrian-cyclist-motorcyclists-buses-trains-ferries conflict and chaos in a central part of Amsterdam was taken care by making the zone a pedestrian plaza as humans were more efficient in criss-crossing each other in a chaotic origin-destination situation.

There were many other important insights too. I have requested the IIT team to give a synopsis document.
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