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MY PUBLIC SPACE

Denne idé er en del af Smart & Close — Circular Data Challenge

Martin Højgrav-Huus
Martin Højgrav-Huus
29. november 2019

The municipalities have a large amount of building mass and facilities which are only being used in a specific timeframe and, in most cases, supporting only a single type of activity. MY PUBLIC SPACE offers a solution to that exact problem, a digital platform with a timetable, indicating the availability of the public space and the affordances that those spaces can provide, allowing municipalities, citizens and private companies the opportunity to book and make use of available public space. By implementing MY PUBLIC SPACE, we would re-use existing building mass and reduce the need for new buildings, lowering heating bills, rent, etc. It thereby saves a huge amount of resources and lowers the CO2e footprint of the municipalities significantly. For instance, if a community is in need of a social gathering space for the weekends or in the evening, instead of building a new space for that purpose, they could use a nearby available structure with the proper affordance (such as a school’s canteen, unused in the weekends or evenings).

Therefore, the idea is perfectly feasible to be put into motion, without the need of further collecting of data. However, once the platform is developed and start to function, we recommend new data to be collected to improve the user experience and optimising the system.

Value & Circularity

The concept focuses on putting value into existing building mass across municipality departments by offering a transparent platform that can help the municipality to optimise their own use and offer the affordances to private companies & citizens. This actives unused space and enhances the quality of life for employees and citizens. More active public spaces mean less passive areas and making better use of the invested resources. The result is a smaller carbon footprint, saving resources and creating new jobs. In addition, adding more affordances to existing space reduces the need to create new spaces for different activities, allowing the reduction of resource consumption to supply new spaces (for example, new spaces will need toilets, proper isolation, electricity, parking, etc.) The better use of the building mass reduced yearly management costs. The buildings would thereby, offer more activities and opportunities and a better balance between the need/supply of the space. 

With that, the core value proposition includes community jobs, generation of the feeling of belonging to a community and feeling of communal ownership of the public space, reduction of integration challenges of community members with potential difficulties, reduction of loneliness on members of the community in advanced age or with a reduced social network. In addition, the platform can help Municipality efforts towards the implementation of the SDGs, taking into consideration the social, economic and environmental potential that the platform can bring. 

For that (Re)-distribution of space to happen, we would need to make use of existing data such as. addresses, “overall role (school, clubhouse etc.)” Furthermore, data such as hours of actual use needs to be collected and illustrated on a platform in a transparent manner.

Development Plan

· Creation of a portfolio of spaces.

· Mapping use schedule / taking into consideration that some spaces might be used without being noticed in the system (measures aiming to reduce overbooking of places)

· Mapping of affordances of spaces/facility capabilities (kitchen, projector, dinner hall, sound system, etc)

· Mapping of uses beyond booking system possibilities, for example, a school canteen open as a restaurant in the evening.

· Updating system for dynamic use of space (for example, a school as different use intensity of space in summer/winter because of holidays)

· Contact/associate providers of services (cleaning, catering) otherwise, users would go for other options with a higher level of services provided.

· Collect data about user experiences in order to provide further improvement and inspiration of the use.

Key partners

Municipality: Provides the data and manage the public spaces to be offered. In addition, it can generate revenue from the use of the public spaces and produce a return on the investment done with the creation of public spaces.

Surrounding community: Needs and interests of the communities that live in the area where the public spaces are located is a key element to consider in order to ensure that the platform enrols those communities. With that, the platform will fulfil a social function beyond the mere use of the available public space.

NGOs: Institutions with a clear social function, collaborating with NGOs can enhance the positive social impact of the platform as space for improve communities welfare while using public space in a more conscious way.

Private companies; Cleaning companies, catering, etc: Organisations that work providing extra services can be relevant to be included as relevant stakeholders, taking into consideration that they are able to improve the experience of users of the platform while providing jobs and provide economic incentives in the use of otherwise vacant public spaces.

Event companies: Including professionals that work organising social gatherings and /or private events is important to ensure that the platform succeed in connecting public and private stakeholders and available spaces

By Victor M. Angulo & Martin V. Højgrav-Huus
 

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