APSC 140: Tracking Library Space Usage

How might we monitor the use of public space in an efficient and accurate way?

Term: Fall 2020
Department: School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course: APSC 140 (Engineering Design)
Instructor: Banda Logawa
Staff partners: Wai-Lin Chee, Mikale Fenton (North Vancouver City Library)

Keeping track of how people use public space is an important metric that helps to inform decisions around programming and design. This need has become increasingly important as a result of COVID-19, with new restrictions placed on building and space capacity for safe physical distancing.

Students will learn about the methods currently used by the North Vancouver City Library to track the number of people entering, exiting and circulating in the Library building. They will then develop and prototype innovative design solutions to support the Library’s efforts to measure and monitor how different spaces are used.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 6.2: Enhance and expand on the development of a well-planned mix of cultural facilities and creative community spaces.
      • Objective 6.2.5: Continue to support a mix of existing and new arts, culture and heritage facilities that meet a range of community needs and program uses, and add vibrancy to the social and cultural fabric of the City,
  • Council Strategic Plan 2018
    • A City for People is welcoming, inclusive, safe, accessible and supports the health and well-being of all.