Design: Wonseob Jung (Architecture Student (Ryerson University)
Photo credits: Wonseob Jung
Addressed Issue Urban park is a communal area for the local community to host any sorts of public interactions or events to occur. Especially in a dense urban region, it is essential for the neighborhood to possess a common ground that can provide a breakout space to the busy urban fabric. In temperate and hot climate regions, it is a constantly ongoing issue to initiate outdoor activities for the inhabitants as the problem of dealing with heat is becoming intensified with current climate change dilemmas. These problems are especially accentuated in parks, lacking a complete use of the space. The urban garden that is situated at the heart of downtown Freeport, Bahamas is being crucially influenced by these reasoning. Although the urban garden is intended to host public affairs that the community offers or allow public interactions among locals and diverse tourists, the greenery is only used for path of circulation and temporary space to pull over vehicles that are visiting the mall. Proposal By lacking the use of urban parks, the local community is deficit of communal spaces to host public interactive activities, as well as an intermediate escape from the recurring intense heat. Moreover, although a city in a hot climate region struggles to encourage outdoor activities or events, being in a hot climate does not mean that it is always suffocating for all users. There are moments when exposures to the nature can evoke pleasant weathers that are suitable to be outside. To cope with this, the design proposes an intelligent canopy system in an urban park that that ameliorates the effects of hot climate through the its capability to rapidly adapt to the necessary programs or simply the needs of various occupants underneath. The interactive features aim to attract the locals and tourists to further utilize the parks, as well as fulfilling the various needs of the users that static shading devices could not touch upon.