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Perception–action based design for urban accessibility: principles for inclusive design grounded in an understanding of first-person control of locomotion in the urban setting

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Project "PADUA" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 251˙857 €
 EC max contribution 251˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2019-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 251˙857.00
2    University of Cincinnati US (Cincinnati) partner 0.00


 Project objective

The project will translate basic research in cognitive science to problems in urban planning and design. It will employ empirical and theoretical methods to deliver a set of design recommendations addressing the question: how can we design urban spaces that are accessible to all?

The basic research question is: how does an individual perceive that a road is crossable? The empirical programme, to be carried out at the University of Cincinnati, will proceed from an analysis of the attentional structure inherent to specific road-crossing tasks. Using virtual-reality, it will investigate, (1) how pedestrians decide whether it is safe to begin crossing under conditions of uncertainty about future movements of other road-users, and (2) how pedestrians negotiate junctions where safe locomotion requires an awareness of vehicles that may be approaching from multiple directions, including from behind. This will enable the creation of new measurement techniques, including measures of head turns and whole-body acceleration as indexes of perceptual uncertainty.

The project's theoretical programme, to be developed primarily at UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture, will generate a set of tools for guiding and analysing the design of roads. The project will culminate with the delivery of a document aimed at designers, presenting a set of recommendations for building accessible urban spaces. These recommendations will be based on a coherent, empirically-grounded understanding of the perceptual processes involved, and will be of particular relevance for designing infrastructure schemes where traffic modalities interact, for which existing guidelines can often be inadequate or unclear, e.g. for cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings, and shared spaces. This project, and the training envisaged, will allow me to establish myself as an expert in action-oriented psychological concepts and their real-world applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Edward Baggs, Anthony Chemero
Radical embodiment in two directions
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-02020-9
Synthese 2019-05-14
2017 Ed Baggs
Book Review: Evolving Enactivism: Basic Minds Meet Content
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01947
Frontiers in Psychology 8 2019-05-14

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