Tag Archives: Public Space

“Smart” Bench Gathers Data to Help Urban Planners meet Public’s Needs

Landscape designers, who design public spaces, now have the help of the smart bench. The bench collects data from individual’s ID associated with the Wi-Fi enabled device, so that if they visit the park again it will know that they are not a new visitor. This allows the designers to know when new or returning visitors are frequenting the park and therefore can appropriately schedule public park events. Read more... Read more

An Industrial Shell Becomes City’s Gathering Place

​At the turn of the millennium, the 26-acre Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was abandoned and desolate—a collection of empty buildings and pavement with only five trees. Now the ambitious Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is an economic and social powerhouse, drawing an average of more than 10,000 visitors to events weekly, including 3,000 shoppers at a farmer’s market. Thirty locally run businesses thrive in the district, which is known for its restaurants. Read more... Read more

More than a Few Trees: Parks add Economic and Intrinsic Value to Communities across North Texas

Communities across North Texas are developing at rapid rates. But as populations increase, neighborhoods expand and more businesses move to the area, several parks departments are working to carve out green spaces for residents to enjoy. Since July is National Parks and Recreation Appreciation month, Renee Jordan, chief park planner at Plano Parks and Recreation, took a minute to reflect on the true value of a local park. Read more... Read more

Rating Green Space by Tranquility could Mean Higher Quality Developments

A scientific tool to measure the tranquility of urban environments and public spaces could lead to the creation of better green space in developments, according to its creators. Lead researcher Professor Greg Watts from the UK’s University of Bradford said the Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT) tool could help planners, architects and environmentalists understand the impact of greening measures like trees, hedges or additional vegetation on urban spaces. Read more... Read more

Vacant Lot Transforms Into Sculpture Park in East Baltimore

Once a dumping ground for garbage, the vacant lot on Homestead Street in East Baltimore is now a beautiful sculpture park. Dubbed The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, the new installment is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Office Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability’s Growing Green Initiative’s Lots Alive grant program that supports the creation of temporary public art projects on vacant lots. Read more... Read more

The Brilliant Simplicity of New York’s New Times Square

Times Square recently completed its six-year transformation from a congested thoroughfare into a European-style piazza. The redesign doubled the amount of pedestrian space. Remaking the Crossroads of the World follows a broader trend by cities around the world to create more pedestrian-friendly spaces that favor people over cars. Read more... Read more
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