These initiatives are building public spaces that put citizens’ wellbeing first and consider the diverse needs and experiences of others

Public spaces should be designed with the masses in mind. But too often, they end up excluding or discounting the people who use them. Now, using recent leaps in technology, cities and companies are making an effort to include as many people as possible in the design of public spaces, streamlining each experience and encouraging engagement with the larger community.

Vienna
Municipal Department 33 of the city of Vienna commissioned pedestrian crossing lights that can recognize when a person wants to cross the road. The system, designed by a team at TU Graz University, uses cameras and machine learning algorithms to detect the movements.

O2-O2
In an effort to combat urban pollution and protect citizens’ health in megacities, O2-O2 designed a facewear technology solution which cleans polluted air using proprietary active nano-filtration that captures the smallest of damaging airborne threat to protect users anywhere.

Seattle
The city of Seattle is installing public clean-air shelters to protect its residents from increasing wildfire smoke. As part of a pilot program, the air-filtration systems will be placed in five public buildings and will act as clean air shelters for high-risk residents when pollution levels rise.


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Public spaces should be designed with the masses in mind. But too often, they end up excluding or discounting the people who use them. Now, using recent leaps in technology, cities and companies are making an effort to include as many people as possible in the design of public spaces, streamlining each experience and encouraging engagement with the larger community.

Vienna Municipal Department 33 of the city of Vienna commissioned pedestrian crossing lights that can recognize when a person wants to cross the road. The system, designed by a team at TU Graz University, uses cameras and machine learning algorithms to detect the movements.