Movement for Liveable London Street Talks - John Dales 3rd July 2012

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  • Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Florentine statesman and political philosopher
  • My advice is based on experience – but I’m still learning.
  • Francis Wheen (How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World)
  • It’s not clear cut, and few – if any - your ‘bad guys’ are being malicious.
  • To understand all is to forgive all
  • Al Murray, ‘The Pub Landlord’
  • Altogether now: “HIGH QUALITY”…
  • Almost certainly not!
  • Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
  • Alex Ferguson, after victory in the Champions League final, 1999
  • The Rolling Stones, 1969
  • How do you manage to make a consultancy business out of campaigning?
  • Movement for Liveable London Street Talks - John Dales 3rd July 2012

    1. 1. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    2. 2. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    3. 3. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    4. 4. What? How? Why? Who?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    5. 5. What? How? Why? Who?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    6. 6. PowerMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    7. 7. InfluenceMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    8. 8. How do we influence those who have power?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    9. 9. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    10. 10. Machiavellian adj. Of, or relating to, the alleged political principles of Niccolo Machiavelli adj. Suggestive of or characterised by expediency, deceit and cunning adj. Cunning, amoral and opportunistMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    11. 11. Machiavellian adj. Of, or relating to, the alleged political principles of Niccolo Machiavelli adj. Suggestive of or characterised by expediency, deceit and cunning adj. Cunning, amoral and opportunistMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    12. 12. “Anyone who neglects what is actually done for what should be done learns the way to self-destruction.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    13. 13. “If you fail to influence those with power, it doesn’t matter if you’re right, you’ll be beating your head against a brick wall.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    14. 14. The Art of the Possible Sometimes, what we think should be done should indeed be done but isn’t being done. How do we get it done?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    15. 15. The Practice of the Reasonable Sometimes, what we think should be done should not be done, at least, not in the way we think. What do we need to learn?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    16. 16. The Avoidance of Self-Destruction Would I rather: get better done, more often? or get more indignant & frustrated?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    17. 17. Who are the those with power that we need to influence? • Professionals • Politicians • Press • Punters • The LawMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    18. 18. ProfessionalsMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    19. 19. ProfessionalsMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    20. 20. Professionals 1961 Born in North Shields 1979-1982 Geography student 1982-1983 Dish-washer & window-cleaner 1983-1984 Transport student 1984-1987 JMP Consultants 1987-1993 London Borough of Newham 1993-1995 Jordan/West Bank 1996-2010 Urban Initiatives 2010-date Urban MovementMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    21. 21. Professionals “People use the word Guru because it’s much shorter and easier to spell than Charlatan.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    22. 22. ProfessionalsMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    23. 23. Professionals Good BadMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    24. 24. Professionals Most of the professionals you consider to be part of the problem will have to be part of the solution. What would motivate me to change if I were them?Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    25. 25. Professionals Traffic engineers are people, too. They may need to realise that more than you do!Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    26. 26. Professionals Tout comprendre cest tout pardonerMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    27. 27. Professionals Know your enemyMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    28. 28. Professionals Know your partnerMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    29. 29. ProfessionalsMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    30. 30. Politicians A detailed and robust business case, showing an excellent benefit-to-cost ratio,Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    31. 31. Politicians A detailed and robust business case, showing an excellent benefit-to-cost ratio, is of almost no value at all in getting a scheme delivered,Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    32. 32. Politicians A detailed and robust business case, showing an excellent benefit-to-cost ratio, is of almost no value at all in getting a scheme delivered, if those with power haven’t already decided this is something they’d like to doMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    33. 33. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    34. 34. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    35. 35. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    36. 36. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    37. 37. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    38. 38. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    39. 39. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    40. 40. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    41. 41. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    42. 42. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    43. 43. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    44. 44. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    45. 45. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    46. 46. Politicians • Brighton & Hove City Council • Was Tory-controlled; from May 2011 Green- controlled • Previous administration: ‘Not a square centimetre of tarmac to be lost’ • 2010/11 Council tried to remove a separated cycle track • 2012 Council extended the same cycle track with a better designMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    47. 47. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    48. 48. PoliticiansMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    49. 49. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    50. 50. …mirror the success of Exhibition Road… …Oxford Circus-style ‘multi-directional crossing’Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    51. 51. PressMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    52. 52. PressMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    53. 53. PressMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    54. 54. Punters “We are nourishing at immense cost a monster of great potential destructiveness. And yet we love him dearly.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    55. 55. Punters “Regarded in its collective aspect as ‘the traffic problem’ the motor car is clearly a menace which can spoil our civilisation.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    56. 56. Punters “But translated into terms of our own vehicle, we regard it as one of our most treasured possessions or dearest ambitions, an immense convenience, an expander of the dimensions of life, an instrument of emancipation, a symbol of the modern age.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    57. 57. PuntersMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    58. 58. Punters “Parents drive their kids to school to stop them getting run over by other parents driving their kids to school. So we’ll end up with a generation of flat-footed, asthmatic kids with no sense of direction.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    59. 59. PuntersMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    60. 60. Punters The activities we want in our streets include: • pedestrians: striding, strolling, playing & resting • people with wheelchairs, buggies, bags, crutches… • cars: moving, manoeuvring, parking • vans/lorries: moving, manoeuvring, parking • buses: moving & stopping • cyclists: moving, manoeuvring, parking • taxis: moving, waiting & manoeuvring • trams: moving & stopping • waiting for buses/taxis/trams • meeting, talking, eating, drinking • congregating, partying, marching • exhibitions, busking, performances • victory parades & funeral processions…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    61. 61. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    62. 62. Punters The facilities we want in our streets include: • footways & pedestrian crossings • vehicle carriageways • parking & loading bays • cycle lanes/tracks & parking • bus priority & stops • road safety measures • personal security measures • public conveniences • seats, cycle racks, bins • trees, shrubs, flowers • public art, hard landscaping, water features • information & signage • buildings…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    63. 63. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    64. 64. Punters Those whose aspirations need to be considered include: • people walking, cycling, driving… • people with disabilities • people in a hurry & those who aren’t • people who want to stay awhile • shoppers • residents • those who work there • visitors/tourists • shop-, business- and land-owners • bus/tram passengers & operators • town centre managers • ‘civic guardians’ • maintenance engineers & contractors…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    65. 65. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    66. 66. Punters The qualities we are aiming to achieve include: • accessible • efficient • clean & healthy • safe & secure • attractive • convivial • convenient • legible • diverse • vibrant & successful • inclusive • valuable • adaptable…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    67. 67. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    68. 68. Punters What I want from Northfield Avenue depends on: • if I’m shopping • if I’m there for lunch, dinner or just a coffee • if I’m on foot, on my bike or on a bus • if I’m going to/from the street or through • if I’m in the car en route elsewhere • if I’m on my own or with other adult(s) • if I’m with the kids (at what age/ages?) • if I played football the night before • if I’m in a hurry or not • the time of day, day of week & week of year • what the weather’s like • how much other traffic there is • what side of the bed I got out of…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    69. 69. Punters I can’t design a street for me, let alone the rest of youMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    70. 70. Punters Paris councillors have decided to allow cyclists to ride through red lights. Cyclists are required to give way to pedestrians, and will be held responsible in the event of a collision. Conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on crossings is already a problem and Living Streets has major concerns about the potential impact any similar measures in the UK. We know from our supporters that many people find pavement cycling and running red lights on pedestrian crossings – both illegal in the UK – to be intimidating.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    71. 71. Punters N EN O! Y BL LY ERT V OPH AR RO BA DMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    72. 72. In closing…Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    73. 73. “Through words and concepts we are now continually tempted to think of things as being simpler than they are.”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    74. 74. “Streets! Bloody Hell!”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    75. 75. You can’t (and probably shouldn’t) always get what you want.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    76. 76. If you’re going to fight the power, pick your battles wisely.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    77. 77. Don’t sacrifice credibility for simplicity SURFACE SurfaceMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    78. 78. Use data wisely and well. ‘They’ have their own numbers, too.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    79. 79. In so far as you criticise, be constructive.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    80. 80. It’s almost always impossible to have your cake & eat it? Hey! Let’s smooth the trafficMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    81. 81. There’s a balance to be struck. There’s also one to be tipped.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    82. 82. Try to avoid even appearing overtly to take the moral high-ground. Let the evidence speak for itself.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    83. 83. You have many cards to play. Learn how strong each is in the particular game you’re playing. • Safety • Air Quality • Social/Economic Justice • Value for Money • Personal security • Health • EfficiencyMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    84. 84. There are many ways to get your message across. Think about which are best for the issue and/or people you’re dealing with. • Campaign • Lobby • Advise • Help • DrinkMachiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    85. 85. “Yes, but...” “Sorry, but...” “You’re worse…”Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    86. 86. Your user group/cause isn’t perfect. That’s OK. Indeed it’s not credible to imply otherwise.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    87. 87. Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement
    88. 88. Never give up. Never surrender.Machiavellian Street Design @johnstreetdales urbanmovement

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