Agora Partners is currently studying the tech industry's relationship to real estate - the design and location of its commercial space, its workforce lifestyle preferences, and the rise of civic tech. As part of our research, we'd like to pose several questions to readers about the use of tech specifically as it relates to public spaces.
Does the use of tech in public space – from wifi to location services, social media participation to interactive installations – actually make that space better? Or, are projects sometimes expensive, delicate interventions that actually detract from people interacting with each other?
Do fears of data collection from public networks deter users? Can that same information culled from public space about how users interact then inform strategies for improving public space?
Can tech be used in less frequented public spaces as a way of increasing perceptions of, and actual, safety?
Agora Partners is looking for examples of low-cost, durable tech projects in public spaces that are designed to increase interaction, create and/or enhance neighborhood cohesion, and provide catalysts for community investment. What have you seen or thought about?