Assessing the successes or failures of public urban space projects is an essential evidence based approach to learning form our designs and finding out how to improv esteem, it is surprising how little of this is done, costs are often an issue as clients are willing to pay for works before not after project an professionals are understandably loath to tell their clients that their work is not successful – but techniques of increasing their effectiveness are multiplying
Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. More pointedly, it attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How we optimize the investments made in our streetscapes, plazas, parks, and greenways is important to each individual project’s success and the city as a whole. Are the places being built fulfilling their promise? If so, could they be doing more and if not, how do they need to change?
As budgets get tight and the competition for resources within a city’s budget increases, it becomes even more essential to answer these questions. We need to get the most out of our existing public spaces and when designing those in the future we need to make sure we build upon the successes and don’t repeat past mistakes.
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