March 24, 2021
Parks and Open Spaces: Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Technologies
Authors: Danielle Lenarcic Biss, Pamela Robinson
This research brief explores the implications of deploying new technologies into public spaces. The public sphere shapes the urban experience and is a major area of discussion as communities balance the need to provide ample space for the public, as well as drive land use intensification. The COVID-19 pandemic has also demonstrated the importance of shared public spaces. As cities explore digital placemaking, public Wi-Fi, and install sensors in streets and plazas, it is necessary to examine the risks and opportunities of these technology options.
This report is part of a series of research briefs commissioned by Open North for the Community Solutions Network to provide insi...