Thought Leadership

RWDI Helped Launch the NLA Exhibit on Wellbeing in Public Spaces

On December 7th, 2021, RWDI’s own Ruth Shilston helped kick off the New London Architecture exhibition on Comfortable Cities & Wellbeing in Public Spaces alongside Bhakti Depala from the City of London. The exhibit, now open, is set to run until March 31st, 2022.

The exhibition, which highlights the pioneering Thermal Comfort guidelines developed by the City of London Corporation in close partnership with RWDI, explores why understanding microclimate conditions is a significant component of enabling better planning of public spaces, with specific insight into the City of London’s priorities, including streets for cycling and walking due to the increasing importance of active travel and al fresco dining, which embraces outdoor spaces as a safe, calming, and beautiful way of dining.

The exhibition looks at how these guidelines can be applied to future planning to address the wellbeing of those who live in London; it also explores the impact of climate change with heatmaps of the City that contain analyses of sunlight, wind, and thermal comfort. Read more about the Comfortable Cities exhibition here and be sure to visit if you have the chance. For more information on creating comfortable and safe public spaces, check out our Pedestrian Comfort and Safety service page or contact Ruth Shilston directly.