OBSERVING THE PUBLIC REALM IN BROOKLYN: EXPLORING DIGITAL ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES FOR PUBLIC SPACES
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Moran, Daniel W
This paper expands discourse and methodologies for the scientific study of urban public spaces. It presents an analysis of observational data collected for the Fulton Area Business Alliance in Brooklyn, NY. Over the summer of 2013, two park spaces in Brooklyn were observed to determine the volume of use, the types of users, and the clustering patterns within the space. Spatial statistical analysis is performed to detect hot spots of activity. The study demonstrates that usage trends can be discerned through direct-observational techniques, and that fine-grain GIS analysis can assist in the formulation of and justification for new designs.
GIS; park design; urban design; William H. Whyte; Jan Gehl; kernel density analysis; Cuyler Gore Park; Putnam Triangle Plaza; Brooklyn; New York City; spatial statistics; hot spot analysis; geographic information systems; Fulton Street; Fulton Area Business Alliance; FAB Alliance; Daniel W Moran; Fort Greene; Clinton Hill; direct observation; public space analysis; NYC Plaza Program; Business Improvement District; BID; ArcGIS
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