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IT’S OFFICIAL. WALKING AND CYCLING ARE THE QUICKEST WAYS TO MOVE AROUND THE CITY OF LONDON. THEY ARE ALSO THE LEAST TOXIC, BOTH TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLING.

So why doesn’t everyone do it?

Like most things, it emerges convenience is king. Travelling under your own steam requires some forethought. Planning your route, not wanting to get hot and bothered on your bike, or doing battle with a never ending stream of taxis, trucks and rogue motor cycles are all legitimate reasons to hop on the bus or grab an Uber.

But HASSELL and Arup are determined to shift this thinking. We want to get people back on to the streets. Which is why we have created Breathing Space. 

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With bright, bold, graphic artwork by Art + Believe, Breathing Space is an eye-catching and surprising interactive installation which will take over Shoreditch's Tabernacle Square. It is an installation designed to help people visualise the severity of pollution in the Capital. Through interactive digital technologies and immersive lighting design, Breathing Space provides visitors with real-time information about air pollution in London, and aims to increase awareness of the role individuals can play in improving the quality of London’s air. Because whilst exposure to air pollution can seriously affect people’s health, some simple changes to the way we move around the city can have a remarkable and positive impact.

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The creative collaboration between international design practice, HASSELL and global engineering consultants, Arup transforms this overlooked public space and offers a fresh, unexpected perspective on ways to make our cities safer, healthier and more enjoyable. Breathing Space uses London Design Festival as a platform to test innovative thinking and technology to help people understand the impacts of air pollution, and to support a dialogue around what can be done to make moving through cities more healthy and fulfilling.

Breathing Space is supported by Hackney Council