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As part of the Outdoors in the Digital World series, we explored how digital program elements are enriching and reshaping landscape design. In urban environments, where square footage comes at a premium, landscapes are frequently designed to satisfy multiple social performance requirements ranging from small group activities to large scale event spaces. The latter can pose a challenge, as large events require vast open spaces which, without proper programming, can become urban dead zones. Our interest lies in how architects and planners can create urban spaces flexible enough to host activities relevant to the everyday user and still accommodate large groups.
Historically, many large scale urban events, such as Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool Parties have taken up residency in existing underutilized urban spaces.