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Sociologist and researcher at Microsoft Research.


The charts are up!

chartsWe’ve put the physical charts on display in our windows at Tenison Road and Station Road. They’re presenting a mix of live sensor data being collected on Tenison Road and polls being answered in different ways throughout the neighbourhood. The display will be up till Christmas.

One of the pie charts (left) is dedicated to a daily question that anyone can answer, so everyone’s invited to participate. Vote everyday at

So, why not:

And, if you want other ways to vote:

SMS: Text 80818
In your message, write VOTE and the number of your answer, followed by an optional comment.
For example, to vote for option 2, send the message “VOTE 2 optional comment”.
(Network charges apply)

Twitter: Tweet @tenisonroad
In your message, write #VOTE #answer_number, followed by an optional comment.
For example, to vote for option 1, tweet “@tenisonroad #VOTE #1 optional comment”.

At the Victoria and Albert

We’ve just presented Tenison Road’s physical data displays and Bullfrogs at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As part of London’s Design Festival, we showcased the data technologies – soon to be introduced on Tenison Road – to a public audience invited to consider the collaborative and physical making of digital things. Apparently, over the weekend 13,000 people passed through the part of the V&A we presented in – quite something! Here’s a few snaps: Continue reading

Polling interest in the Tenison Road public consultation


To compliment the interactive posters placed along Tension Road, we’ve set up an online poll to gauge how many people are attending this Thursday’s Public Consolation on the proposed traffic/environmental enhancement scheme.

Make sure you’re counted either by using the interactive posters or the online poll!

(Results from the posters will be added to the online poll later this week)

Local history noticeboard for Tenison Road

More news, this time from Cambridge City Council. Thanks to Frank Gawthrop’s (GTARA) initiative, Tenison Road is getting a new notice board, this time dedicated to local history. The idea came out our discussions about an Archive for Tenison Road and ways to display the materials we’re collecting. The noticeboard will be installed on Canons Green and hopefully be of a similar style to the one there now, but able to be closed.

Details can be downloaded from the City Council website here and seen on page 30.

Consultation on traffic and environmental scheme

Tenison Road road planBreaking news via Frank Gawthrop of GTARA.

On 3rd July in the afternoon and evening, Cambridgeshire County County are holding a public consultation on the Tenison Road “Traffic and Environmental Enhancement Scheme”. This will offer residents of Tenison Road and the neighbourhood a chance to see and have their say on the proposals, and hopefully make some contributions. The details from the Council’s notice are:

Plans of the proposals will be available to view on Thursday July 3rd 2014 between 2pm and 8pm at The Lounge, 49-53 King’s Church, Tenison Road, Cambridge, CB1 2DG. Council officers will be on hand to answer questions and questionnaires will be available for attendees to complete.

The full letter of notice can be downloaded here; some more details are available on the County Council’s website here; and an overview of potential changes to the road can be downloaded here.