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.

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