One of the four strategies described in the Innovation District Framework Plan is to improve the qualities of the public realm.
The public realm is the connective tissue of any district that allows the drivers of innovation - creativity, serendipity, and authentic connections between people - to truly flourish. More than just “The Gig”, innovation needs to be experienced, seen, and supported by a sense of place in Chattanooga.
A key next step in implementing these ideals is to understand how we can make the Innovation District’s streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas more attractive, inviting and engaging for everyone in our community.
In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, The Enterprise Center and The Chattanooga Design Studio will lead an in-depth analysis of the Innovation District with the guidance of Gehl Studio, a leading expert organization on creating vibrant, sustainable, and people-focused cities. The work will culminate in a ‘Public Realm Action Plan’ for the District (final report coming April 2019).
Residents, students and urban enthusiasts observed how we use our public spaces on Thursday, November 15th and Saturday, November 17th. Over 70 volunteers helped collect important data about the way people use downtown Chattanooga.Volunteers documented public life during a 4-hour shift and recorded how people move through and spend time in public spaces. The results from this Public Space Public Life survey are informing a plan to make our sidewalks, parks, and plazas more inviting.
December 2018 - Data Recap - Public Presentation at Tomorrow Building. Watch the presentation here.
January 2019 - Emerging Themes - Public Presentation at Bessie Smith Cultural Center