We are passionate about using data, technology and a lot of creativity to optimise the interface between people and places. If you’ve ever been stuck on a congested rail station platform, been frustrated in a queue for a drink at the theatre, or struggled your way through an airport, we share your pain. But if you’ve ever wondered at the exhibits in the Natural History Museum, enjoyed the atmosphere at a world-class stadium, or taken the tourist trail through a vibrant city, then perhaps you've visited one of the many sites where Smart Space have helped to shape a better experience.
But it’s not just about us – In this blog we’re delighted to share our recent work, our latest innovations and our thoughts on a better future. We would love to read your comments and contributions, so please join the conversation.
Designing safer, cleaner city travel
BuroHappold Engineering was tasked with exploring options for the design of a cycle track along
A dynamic new neighbourhood for midtown New York
With peak hour passenger numbers travelling through the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) expected to
Walk it off
Have you heard about the ‘superblocks’ in Barcelona - where a cluster of city blocks
A day in the field
A couple of weeks ago a colleague and I headed out into the wild to
Do I have your attention?
Being seen and heard is important. In fact, it is so
Meet me at the coffee machine
We are a little over 400 people working in the BuroHappold Bath office. I have
Loosening your belt to cure obesity?
Widening corridors to solve congestion problems is like loosening your belt to cure obesity! An easy
Cyclists and pedestrians in perfect harmony
Few things make me as anxious as bikes. They’re fast, almost invisible (or is that
Happy Smart New Year!
As the glitz and glamour of the New Year celebrations fade away, many are left
Bath – A Christmas love story
I often say that if I had a spirit city (the city version of spirit
A tale of bagels, frustration, and space optimisation
I’m a bagel enthusiast. Perhaps not to the point where I make my own bagels
Translating feelings into physical environments
What words would you use to describe your dream office? Is it filled with light?
Making airports an enjoyable part of travelling
If I’d put up an online dating profile, I’d be one of the biggest clichés
Getting Smart with Space - where are the latest innovations taking us?
Check out a recent article on BIM+ where Shrikant Sharma, group director of Smart Space,
Let the sunshine in - keep the radiance heat out
Have you ever been to Greece? Even if you haven’t, I’m sure you could imagine
What does a computational designer learn from a site visit?
Last week, I had the opportunity to join in for a site visit in a
A million people heading the right way
I grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, a city with a population of a little less
Transport of the future – A developing vision
In Stage II of the Buro Happold Young Engineers competition, Rail station of the future,
Evidence-Based Design to Improve Pharmacy Department Efficiency
In 2014, the Smart Space team undertook a study to aid the design of
Transport of the future – A Young Engineer’s fresh insight
A hundred years from now, the world’s transport systems will have very different requirements than
Urban Climate Walk of the City of London
"On a rainy Thursday afternoon, a small but enthusiastic group of us participated in a
Navigating the way - Signage based on wayfinding metrics
In a recently published paper, the work of Smart Space Research Engineer, Fraser
An athlete's perspective: Are arenas being built for the people?
My whole life, I’ve been involved in different types of sports on various levels, and
What happens to a public space when a fountain invades it?
Architects work in early stages with conceptual design. Where to place the buildings? What public
Event venues: How to increase revenue and visitor comfort
Last week, for the first time in my life, I attended a ballet performance in
Optimising environments for both cyclists and pedestrians
We are delighted to introduce a new feature developed in our agent-based simulation software SmartMove: The
Improving the daily life of researchers in a world class lab
BuroHappold’s Smart Space team has used the flexibility of the agent-based simulation software SmartMove to aid the
How well do pedestrians mix with cars, buses and trains?
From train journeys to regional coach journeys, or from your private car to a specific tube
How do you bring sketches to life? Add people movement
Breaking a Guinness World Record: The 10KSA Ribbon
We've used our people flow modelling software to define and simulate the safest and most
Giving the people of Lower Manhattan the space they deserve
Check out our people movement assessment of Lower Manhattan's overcrowded streets. Part of the wider
The new SmartMove is coming soon... The UI design development
Liv Andersson is developing the new interface of the future SmartMove. We ask Liv how
Inspiring the next generation of engineers at TEDx Youth Bath
The recent TEDx Youth event, held at Bath Forum, provided the perfect platform for inspiring
Energy performance monitor for an office in London
How much energy is used every day in the offices of London? How is that
Mapping Tweets from Twitter users in Lower Manhattan
The SmartCity Dashboard showcases an extract of tweets during a 24 hour period. The first
SmartViz - Online mapping and exploration of data
SmartViz is a tool developed by the Smart Space team to allow quick, visual analysis
SmartTransportPlanner - London underground usage
The SmartTransportPlanner showcases the pressure on London's underground network capacity during a 24 hour period.
SmartRetailPlanner - Mapping shopping patterns
The SmartRetailPlanner maps movements of shoppers in a 2D or 3D environment, revealing the changing
SmartProcessAnalyser - Process driven people movement
SmartProcessAnalyser is a highly intuitive tool to perform static calculations of people movements and processes
How do we measure, manage and improve the resilience of cities?
Cities, communities, organisations and buildings are increasingly susceptible to the stresses and shocks from climate
SmartMove crowd and traffic flow modelling of an Exhibition Centre
Helping deliver 7* experience for guests and efficient operations through assessment and optimisation of pedestrian
Cardiff Central Square crowd flow modelling after a stadium event
SmartMove crowd flow modelling of Cardiff Central Square during a Millennium Stadium event. Detailed dynamic
SmartMove crowd flow modelling to optimise a commercial campus
Optimising the pedestrian flows for efficient circulation, maximising productivity and wellbeing of visitors and staff.
SmartSpaceAnalyser - Realtime spatial analysis
SmartSpaceAnalyser is a highly intuitive tool to perform spatial analysis on a building or urban