By Robert Moler
Well-designed and properly managed public spaces—such as high-rises, airports, shopping malls or hospitals—can enable social interaction and promote a better lifestyle. Already, half the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the United Nations estimates that five billion people will be living in cities by 2030—up from 3.6 billion in 2010. This means the need for well-managed ‘flow’ will only increase.
As cities get larger and more populated, the safe and secure transport of people becomes more important, and construction professionals should consider how to upgrade the experience. By way of contrast, consider how online mapping technology on mobile devices or in vehicles make it easier to get to a location. However, once arriving at a location, visitors often search around to get to their final destination at places like airports, movie theaters, or even office buildings.