Compare and Contrast Two Views of How the Relationship Between People and Traffic Is Ordered.

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Compare and contrast two views of how the relationship between people and traffic is ordered.

This essay will compare and contrast Buchanan, an engineer who reproduced a report on 'traffic in towns' and the Dutch engineer Monderman's ideas of 'shared space' by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their research and what differences and similarities they have to each other using examples to reinforce the information.

The relationship between people and traffic is down to how people behave on the roads they use and how they deal with the rules associated with this, as well as accepting that others need to use the same space whether this is at the same time or separately. Traffic is viewed in Buchanan's report as an agent
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333). Both views require a lot of planning, however Buchanan's approach appears to be more advantageous to motorists. In this view, it is the job of Government to create signs to give people rules they need to adhere too. In contrast Monderman's approach appears to be more advantageous to pedestrians and slower moving 'traffic' such as bicycles are given a higher priority making traffic less efficient.

They both have the same goal of increasing security for individuals such as Buchanan's view that designing spaces creates and enhances forms of natural surveillance e.g. maximizing visibility and Monderman's view of social cohesion increasing security.(Silva, 2009, P 345). Buchanan argues for improvement to social life through changed design in urban space, achieved through the application of materials, aimed to enforce conduct and the other is a persistent rationality; that designing space creates and changes forms of natural surveillance increasing security all round. (Silva, 2009, P. 345) For example, Buchanan wanted a satisfactory standard of living for people in towns (Silva, 2009, P. 327).

They produced their own authority in the way they write factual theories in the aim of increasing safety; they both used maps, statistics, photos, reports and such to convey an imaginative order of how life in urban space should be lived (Silva, 2009, P 345). They both liked and used the idea of specific street furniture, such as

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