Mapping Places

ARCH 423 // 2016 Winter


Critic: Professor Philip Speranza

In many urban environments, spaces do not encourage cohesion amongst users. Many of the spaces that are traversed by a variety of users do not have public Wi-Fi access. If taken into account, the manipulation of these factors can greatly increase the success of a space. For example, a study to determine areas with the highest variety of users can be used for placement of a successful public Wi-Fi system. The Park Blocks in downtown Eugene, Oregon can be the context for a study of this sort. The area consists of businesses, shops, and facilities that cater to a vast array of the population making it an ideal place of study. A new public Wi-Fi system will be installed on a particularly poor part of the site. Throughout a city, the systems will be placed in areas with the most user group variety with poor Wi-Fi connection and new public spaces will be developed around them based on the user groups present.  The systems will attract people to an area and make them more likely to stay as Wi-Fi is in high demand in modern society.