09 Sep 2019

Meet the Founders: Tranquil City

By Will Spurr

Tranquil City helps city-livers to find their urban calm. By combining city-wide pollution data with crowd-sourced recommendations, they are creating a toolbox to help people find peace in the city.

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is only set to increase to 68% by 2050. This rapid urbanisation can come at a cost to our health and wellbeing. Beyond the annoyance of sharp drills and sirens piercing through the hum of heavy traffic, noise and air pollution are harming our wellbeing and cutting our lives short. Sometimes, it can feel impossible to escape.


The Tranquil City team understand this problem first hand. Grant Waters and Ben Warren brought together an expert team of sustainability consultants, air quality experts, acousticians, city planners and more with the aim of using data to curate urban calm. This includes city-wide pollution metrics working in tandem with crowd-sourced personal stories that share ‘tranquil spots’. This work includes the organisation of tranquil walks, where the team grow and engage with the Tranquil City community. 


The potential impact for Tranquil City is huge. As popular awareness grows, city councils are waking up to the dangers of excess pollution. Moreover, citizens are increasingly demanding protection of peaceful spaces, and action against the harms of city living. Just one example is an emerging class-action case from asthma sufferers in London. With this demand comes an opportunity for platforms that help citizens find sanctuary in their city. 


It is easy to imagine the potential applications of their product. Transport apps like Citymapper could offer alternative ‘tranquil routes’.,Housing websites such as Rightmove could provide search filters for pollution, and recommend local peaceful spots. More importantly, the team is on a mission to ensure that everyone living in a city can find tranquil places and find their calm, with huge transformative potential for people’s wellbeing. 

To keep up with their progress, check out their website and follow them on twitter. Moreover, please listen to the podcast below to hear Tranquil city in their own words!