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Recommendations for Portland, ME: 
Public Space 
Eva Sibinga ‘17 
Jackie Sullivan ‘15 
Annie Chen ‘17 
Libby Szuflita ‘15 
Jenny Ibsen ‘18 
Emma Chow ‘15
Common Themes 
- People as placemakers 
- Increase community interactions 
- Emphasize intersection of aesthetics, technology, 
sustainability, leisure, and function
India Street Recreation Hub 
- Create waterfront 
destination for recreation 
- Ensure accessibility, 
connectectivity 
Source: Google Maps 
- Online site for participatory planning
Public Seating 
- Increase public seating 
- Competitions for 
designing seats 
- Warming features 
Source: J. Sullivan, 11/24 
- Seating locations can be 
added to future apps and maps
Art Playground 
- Make collectively interactive public art 
- passive vs active 
- broaden the definition of art 
- Intersect multiple disciplines 
- sustainability, technological interfaces, sculptural 
aesthetics 
- open creative economy to all 
- social responsibilities
Portland Tree Registry 
- Website to purchase street 
trees 
- Map with priority locations 
- Private investment in public 
good 
- Social media aspect 
Source: Libby Szuflita, QGIS 
- Register tree, post photos, file reports
Pond Integration in Parks 
- Promote sustainability 
- Increase aesthetics of park 
- Filter and reuse rainwater 
and runoff for irrigation 
- Community interaction 
Source: Landscape Architecture Foundation
WalkPortland App 
- Map pedestrian needs 
- 5-minute walk radius 
- Portland-specific 
- Stationary physical maps 
- Advertisement for app 
- Increases accessibility 
Source: Eva Sibinga, QGIS
Summary Findings 
- Enhance whole Portland experience 
- Leverage technology for the interactive city 
- Ensure long-run sustainability
Thank you

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Bowdoin College Digital Image of the City - Public Space

  • 1. Recommendations for Portland, ME: Public Space Eva Sibinga ‘17 Jackie Sullivan ‘15 Annie Chen ‘17 Libby Szuflita ‘15 Jenny Ibsen ‘18 Emma Chow ‘15
  • 2. Common Themes - People as placemakers - Increase community interactions - Emphasize intersection of aesthetics, technology, sustainability, leisure, and function
  • 3. India Street Recreation Hub - Create waterfront destination for recreation - Ensure accessibility, connectectivity Source: Google Maps - Online site for participatory planning
  • 4. Public Seating - Increase public seating - Competitions for designing seats - Warming features Source: J. Sullivan, 11/24 - Seating locations can be added to future apps and maps
  • 5. Art Playground - Make collectively interactive public art - passive vs active - broaden the definition of art - Intersect multiple disciplines - sustainability, technological interfaces, sculptural aesthetics - open creative economy to all - social responsibilities
  • 6. Portland Tree Registry - Website to purchase street trees - Map with priority locations - Private investment in public good - Social media aspect Source: Libby Szuflita, QGIS - Register tree, post photos, file reports
  • 7. Pond Integration in Parks - Promote sustainability - Increase aesthetics of park - Filter and reuse rainwater and runoff for irrigation - Community interaction Source: Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • 8. WalkPortland App - Map pedestrian needs - 5-minute walk radius - Portland-specific - Stationary physical maps - Advertisement for app - Increases accessibility Source: Eva Sibinga, QGIS
  • 9. Summary Findings - Enhance whole Portland experience - Leverage technology for the interactive city - Ensure long-run sustainability