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Somerville Public Space - Public Life Survey

Join Gehl studios and SomervillebyDesign in this unique opportunity to get first-hand experience of a public life survey. Volunteer to work side-by-side with Gehl Studios representatives as they observe and measure public life as it unfolds throughout a day in the life of Somerville’s streets and public spaces. The research will help the city document the public life of Somerville for the very first time and is important for bench-marking the success of future projects, making people more visible in the planning processes, as well as understanding how the design of public space supports or doesn't support public life from happening.

Survey days are Wednesday, May 27th and Saturday, May 30th (Thursday May 28th is a rain date). Volunteers will work at least one five-hour shift, but are encouraged to sign up for both days. Shifts will be:

·         7am – 12pm

·         12pm – 5pm

·         5pm – 10pm 

Survey locations and other logistics are still being determined by Gehl Studio and the City, but they will ensure that you are taken care of during your shift. Surveying is outside in the elements and does not involve talking to people, but instead will focus on observation of public life as it naturally unfolds.

 A required training will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 26th (6:30pm, location TBD). At this training session, you will learn how to measure public space and public life using Gehl Studio’s survey methodology and how people-centered data can be used to promote livability, measure impact, and change mindsets.

Those interested can sign up and indicate their availability here.  Please identify yourself as a CNU-NE member by writing “I am a CNU-NE member” in the last field of the survey.

Hope to see you there!