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Take your blinkers off and explore your neighbourhood

Posted 22 November 2010 11:20 by martin

We've been contacted by some students who are looking for urban explorers willing to help them with their studies:

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

-Marcel Proust, French Novelist and Author(1871-1922)

EXPLORE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD is a project from two MA Design Studies students from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. It's about exploration of urban spaces and how it affects the physical and mental well-being of urban city dwellers.

The idea is to slow down the pace of the city – encourage people to put on their walking shoes, take those blinkers off and really ‘experience’ their environment. Patterns of urban lifestyles, defined by factors such as mass commuting, 9 to 5 jobs and the increasingly evident, self-indulgent ‘online’ life people tend to live (smart phones, kindles etc.), ‘exclude’ people from their own environments.  More so, tight deadlines and busy lives seldom give them a chance to experience and realise what the city has to offer to them beyond their own self-made daily trajectories (more here.)

Along with encouraging walking as a daily form of physical exercise, this experiment also aims to facilitate long term behavioural change by opening people’s minds towards the idea of exploration, which in turn leads to a rise in curiosity and mental well-being.

The ‘walk’ starts from people’s home as the starting point. This walk is about changing the pattern of how you experience your own neighbourhood. It is restricted to a radius of 2 miles from the central point of reference (home).

These students require help in terms of participation and have opened that up for people to join in. For further details and to show support you can visit their facebook page or you can download the exploration game  here, and then provide your feedback here.

The results of this testing process will be illustrated in the MA Design Studies Degree show between the 7th and the 10th of December, 2010 alongside 61 other projects by design professionals from all over the world.

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