TOUR 327: Container Parklet

How might we measure the impact of public space interventions?

Term: Fall 2020
Department: Tourism
Course: Research Methods and Applications in Tourism (TOUR 327)
Instructor: Francisco Nogueira
Staff contact: Leah Herman (City of North Vancouver)

Quantifying the impact of public space interventions is very challenging and valuable to help inform where the City invests budget and capacity. Students will develop a set of measurement criteria and research methods to evaluate the impact of a Container Parklet, a newly introduced placemaking intervention that is part of the larger Open Streets initiative and the municipality’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The students will then carry out their research project and report back on preliminary findings regarding the public’s response to the container parklet.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 5.3: Provide a variety of public spaces for community engagement and stewardship.
      • 5.3.6 Foster partnerships between members of the community, the City, and organizations to promote social health through interaction and a sense of community.
  • Council Strategic Plan
    • Vibrant City – Provide expanded opportunity for parklets