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Activities in urban park
Could anyone tell me what criteria that is used for choosing possible activities in urban park?
Panwalai Poungshompoo
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Activities in urban park
based upon needs of neighbourhood it serves can be leasure strole to morning walk to weekend picknik to evening friends meet with fun activities and games as well in general listing of music to theme parks etc.
Dushyant Nathwani
Activities in urban park
For urban parks, the most important things are to use the faetures that are familiar to the users, features that help create intimate settings. Also consider childrens, their scale perceptions because parks will be more of a family space. Consider outdoor ligtning to generate interest throughout the year. Park are more of landsacpe project. So big shady tress and fauna such that give vibrant feeling with changing seasons generates interest. Safety considerations such be taken into account. Both passive and active uses have to be prrovided. Flexibility is the key in any design challenge now. Better if park is designed such that it always leaves memories for visitors. Also accomodate range of interest, possibilities and some water conservation features or some features which creates awarenes of environment consciousness. Group spaces/places for solitude..the list goes on. Basically four criterias should be most importantly matched
1) aspirations of public..may be they can be involved
2) Family culture as theme.
3) environment consciousness.
4) flexibility

and a strong concept.

regards,
Manish Desai
Activities in urban park
goverment should be main criteria for country of ours. if we please goverment such that it benifirs both govt. and public then only project becomes feasible, so first criteris shoold be feasibility
Vaibhav Parikh
Activities in urban park
landscape designer has to have capability in any country to give fisible praposal in context to site after studying the ground realities.designer is key praposer and should have vision as well guts to convince govt.or any authorities about the conceptual praposal undertaken.regards....have vision to overcome obstacles as well dont think gov.has ultimate answer,so have your own judgment based upon site study and evolution.
Dushyant Nathwani
Activities in urban park
I attended Ar. B.V Doshi's lecture on 14 feb 2003 on open spaces in city as main theme in UDRI Lecture series(Mumbai). In that he described how he had undertaken such activities such that he took goverment into consideration and people's need simaltaneously. Actually by taking goverments company he was not getting involved in corruption or some minor mal practice either. He talked about courage to envision a project but he laid such a proposal such that even goverment saw their advantage in it but in actuality he was doing to restore the fractured part of city(hyderabad). So he cunningly convinced goverment and said conclusively that he realised that goverment has to be always first considered in public urban projects, but have to be dealt very cleverly..! This is what resonates in message by Dushyant and Vaibhav which akins to message of B.V. Doshi which I heard. Similarly when i attended recently lecture on eastern waterfronts by UDRI on 21 feb 2004, the main concern was looking for benefit of goverment too. This is very practical to consider them, and still be courageous enuf to be honest and envision the project for the benefit of th people. In this process if user participation is involved then things start to appear easy, public aspirations are matched, and goverment can be convinced somewhat easily. Slowly the picture of Indian goverment is turning to be positive, but still since there are loopholes in it, famous for corruption they have to be somehow considered. This fact cannot be denied but for architects COURAGE is really the key. Doshi at the end of lecture jokingly signed a relief and said oh! those got convinced..! seemed as they would initially not let things heppen...

regards,
Manish Desai
Activities in urban park
I used to work worked for a non-profit organization in a large american city focused on helping communities revitalize their long neglected urban neighborhood parks. I would recommend that the uses be chosen (whatever that means- designed into the site?) by aproaching the community/potential users and ask them about potential uses. let the community tell what they want to do there. ask a broad range of people- not just those inclined to show up at meetings. be sure and ask kids and old people. also, it´s a good idea to have a flexiable park design that allows for changing uses/community make-up. It´s also best to avoid over-programing a site. The website for the PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES is also very helpful.
David Michael
Activities in urban park
my understanding of urban park is an open space in urban area. it should support day-to-day activities as well as capable of accomodating various events (events place e.g. open air theatre). it should support the surrounding commercial uses as well as nearby residences, or even may be, attraction in itself. features like waterbody, careful and sensitive use of hard and soft landscape....example, east-side in birmingham, UK (still in pipeline)....try to search on google....
Gaurav Choksi
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