Research Brief

March 24, 2021

Parks and Open Spaces: Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Technologies

Picture from above of dozens of people on a cobblestone road

Open North

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 Evergreen Resource Hub to provide insight i...

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