City of London pedestrian modelling and its application, City of London, UK

Managing pedestrian movement is one of the biggest challenges in the City of London. Its historic urban fabric does not provide much flexibility to accommodate the volume of movement generated by an increasing day-time population; let alone to provide an environment that supports their wellbeing and social interactions, which are considered to be essential in order to continue attracting international businesses in the 21st century.

As Project Director at Space Syntax, Eime led the Pedestrian Movement Modelling project for the City of London. Her team developed a computer model that predicts pedestrian movement distributions across the City for a given scenario, based on the street connectivity, land use and building populations. It was designed to inform the City’s decision making both at strategic and operational levels.

Over the three years between 2015 and 2018, Eime advised the client on how to make use of the model for policy making, spatial planning, area masterplanning and development management. She and her team also worked to develop a spatial data platform around the model to build capability within the City of London and to embed the model within the client’s existing digital infrastructure.