Improving Access to Free Wi-Fi Outdoors (While Providing Shade)!

As a Summer Fellow at the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, I supported a pilot project to bring shaded outdoor seating to six Boston Public Libraries. I’m happy to say the project was a success, and is now being expanded to other library branches, as well as permanently funded and maintained at the original branches. 

My primary responsibilities:
  • Support physical installation of the six pilot projects.
  • Promote the project within the local community and identify potential partnerships. 
  • Plan & conduct evaluation of the installations using Gehl’s Public Life Tools.
  • Conduct interviews with users of the pop-up spaces.
  • Propose improvements & next steps for the pilots.

You can learn more about the project on Boston.gov at https://www.boston.gov/bpl-outdoors

The East Boston Library installation (designed and installed by Sasaki).

Video stills from evaluation interviews of users in the pop-up cafe spaces.