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Spatial Design / Traffic Gardens ENG

Traffic Gardens

Since 2019, DPSHTRR and APR have been staging pop-up “traffic gardens” to familiarize children with the principles of street safety and traffic rules.

QM designed a street layout for a semi-permanent traffic garden at Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, as well as a road safety pamphlet that is now used in DPSHTRR’s national traffic garden education program.

🗓 Year: 2019
🤝 Project collaborators: Drejtoria e Përgjithshme e Shërbimeve të Transportit Rrugor (DPSHTRR, Department of Road Transport Services), Agjencia e Parqeve dhe Rekreacionit (APR, Parks and Recreation Agency)

Pop-up traffic garden at Mother Teresa Square, Tirana, September 2019.
Pop-up traffic garden at Mother Teresa Square, Tirana, September 2019.
A traffic-school participant holds up a certificate after completing the street safety course.
A traffic-school participant holds up a certificate after completing the street safety course.
Initial concept for a permanent traffic garden in Tirana.
Initial concept for a permanent traffic garden in Tirana.

QM was also commissioned by DPSHTRR to design a permanent traffic garden.

We are adamant that the traffic garden function as a teaching tool: it is the city we want in miniature, not the city we have. A traffic garden should sensitize future drivers about elements like midblock crossings, tabletop intersections, and bike and bus lanes.

The design concept takes inspiration from the geometries of roads in Tirana and also incorporates play structures that resemble Tirana’s iconic buildings.

This project is currently under design review with the Municipality of Tirana.