Tristram Hunt—director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)—has expressed concern about one of the city’s most successful semi-pedestrianized zones: Exhibition Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. As reported by The Art Newspaper, Hunt has argued that the traffic arrangements are “confusing, dangerous and unsatisfactory”. His answer, following a traffic collision on October 7, 2017, which injured 11 people, is to fully pedestrianize the area.
With the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, and Imperial College London in close proximity, the area—known locally as “Albertopolis”—was redeveloped five years ago to become “a shared space for vehicles and walkers.” A new entrance to the V&A designed by AL_A was recently opened in the vicinity of the road. The incident and Hunt’s concerns raise questions about the ways in which cities can safely redevelop high-density urban areas.
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