Placemeter Measures the Flow of People Through Urban Spaces

An interesting article about how to use technological advances in data collection for the field of landscape architecture. While the last paragraph will always be relevant (the experience of being on site and observing is necessary to design), data could be used to measure responses to changes in the landscape and analyzing how people and traffic move over a longer period time to make sure we design more accurately.

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dilworth Placemeter at Dilworth Plaza / Placemeter

Cities are increasingly loaded up with technology. Sensors now enable managers of urban water and sewage infrastructure to spot leaks as they happen. Meter maids no longer have to tromp around all day looking for violators — with new video and analytical tools, transportation departments can locate parking offenders in real-time. Cites prone to flooding now have robust-technology-enabled early warning systems. Ubiquitous security cameras can lead to rapid arrests. And smart phone apps enable citizens to report potholes and other problems in the urban environment as they find them. Many technologies aim to improve the responsiveness or resilience of city services. And while many of these new systems are sold as an easy, all-encompassing solution, like any software, they are high maintenance. Smart city technologies certainly can’t fix all of a city’s problems, particularly deep-seated structural issues like inequality and displacement.

But one technology…

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