Some studies are important because they rigorously confirm our expectations. A recent investigation by Wilhelm-Stanis, Vaughan, and Kaczynski of parks does just this. The research team found that “while more parks exist in lower-income neighborhoods, they tend to be less attractive than parks in upper- and middle-class neighborhoods, which have more amenities and are more visually pleasing . . . . In the study, which was completed in Kansas City, Mo., the research team found that lower-income areas had more parks, but fewer amenities such as playgrounds.
Lighting and overall design influence how safe people feel.
The design and management of the natural environments available to suburbanites and city dwellers have a significant influence on the well-being of humans and their planet.
Nearby nature—new research reveals the difficulties of enticing working adults and children into outdoor spaces, but it also hints at solutions.
Designers can benefit from a better understanding of how people think about and react to the natural environment.
Urban spaces can affect both community and individual health.
A number of new articles provide insight into good park design.
Floyd and his colleagues assessed activity levels in 28 different parks in Tampa and Chicago.
In 2007, the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) investigated ways to increase the diversity of people using parks and similar places (“Placemaking in a Pluralistic World: Using Public Spaces to Encourage and Celebrate Social Diversity”).
Designers and managers of public parks and plazas use many different methods to maintain the security of these places. Reviewing these can allow designers to take a comprehensive approach to public space security.