Romantic Bristol – a walking app for the Green Capital

 A new app for Bristol‌‌

Romantic Bristol – a walking app for the Green Capital

The University of Bristol hosted a two day symposium, Pedestrian Pathways in the Healthy City (1 - 2 July 2015, Marriott Royal, College Green), bringing together researchers from the Worldwide Universities Network (Auckland, Bergen, Cape Town, Leeds, York), GW4 Alliance (Bath, Cardiff, Exeter) and World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at UWE, and members of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and beyond, to discuss the role of walking in the achievement of more liveable urban environments.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership members Ben Barker (Let’s Walk Bedminster), Susan Carter (Bristol Ramblers), James Jackson (WSP Group), Kevin Ramm (Green Crocodile Company), Paola Spivach (Sustrans) and Rosalind Turner (Netwalking South West) attended the symposium and took part in a panel discussion on Walkability and the Built Environment.

This event was led by the University of Bristol’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in collaboration with its Cabot Institute, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and Future Cities Collaboratory, and was convened by Professor Ralph Pite, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies:

‌“At our symposium, researchers from medicine, social science, built environment, and the arts and humanities will meet with non-academic partners. This wide range of experience and expertise will generate new thinking about the cities in which more and more of us live. Each area of work is, furthermore, being informed and shaped by smart technology, so we will be thinking particularly about the potential and impact of the digital revolution – and about the possibilities thrown up by our own app, Romantic Bristol: Writing the City.”
Ralph Pite, Director IAS Bristol

The Romantic Bristol: Writing the City app, developed by a team at the University of Bristol, combines the city’s Romantic period history with present-day responses to that cultural heritage. It will enable users to explore the city of Bristol on foot, discovering its history in the present, and seeing the present through the lens of the past.  The app will also be a source of research data to explore the ways in which walking through a city is altered, enhanced, encouraged and deliberately or subliminally directed by representations of its history; it will supply data about users’ pathways through the environment, their choices, preferences and explorations.

Click here to download the Apple version of the app.
Click here to download the Android version of the app.