Team: Space Engagers
Opportunity Spaces Aarhus responds to the city’s challenge to give access for more fresh air and nature, through using external spaces more productively in the city. The project developed a mobile web app using OrganiCity data assets and tools tested by Master’s students from Aarhus University, for mapping underused spaces and generating ideas for repurposing of those spaces.
The key team members are: Dr Karen Foley (Principal Investigator), Dr Philip Crowe (Experiment lead), Dr Aoife Corcoran (Researcher), Dr Louise Dunne (Research Manager) and Donal Lennon (Technical Officer, not in the image).
“Opportunity Spaces Aarhus recognised that space is a limited resource, and that the underuse of space is a widespread and wicked problem with many social, environmental and economic impacts. The experiment enabled citizens to observe and engage with this problem, gather and share hyperlocal data, and generate and support innovative ideas.”
1. Citizens had observed many underused spaces in the city that could help communities in Aarhus. (Image: External unused spaces in Aarhus)
4. We led a co-creation workshop to encourage students to collaboratively develop innovative ideas for repurposing underused spaces, and to understand different perspectives that various stakeholders may have in relation to these spaces.
Geo-tagged Mapping feature: Take geo-tagged images of spaces in the city that automatically link to a shared map. The process of mapping engaged citizens with local issues, and the experiment encouraged observation of the urban environment.
Observation posting feature: Contribute information and observations on the spaces. The Opportunity Spaces Aarhus system crowdsources data that might otherwise be resource-intensive to gather.
Online ideas noticeboard feature: Put forward ideas for reuse of a space to an online ideas noticeboard. The engagement from participants and the data gathered prompted many ideas. The use of smartphones proved successful with participants.