Applicability of the Way Cyberpark digital tool, as a design tool for Landscape architects in Slovakia.

Barbora Čakovská
October 27th to November 2nd, 2016

As part of COST Action TU1306 activities is development and research of the applicability in public spaces of a Cyberparks digital tool, which serves as the interface between the public space and the people. On one hand this tool could be used to enrich users visit with contextual information but on the other hand, it is seen as a significant tool for designers or policy-makers to catch the perception of people visiting the sites. This second aspect presents a potential for application to become a participative digital tool enhancing effective design process, including participation and communication among experts and non-experts, via an easy-to-use and interactive digital platform. The main objective of the STSM has been to research the applicability of the Cyberparks App in Slovak conditions, as a Smartphone application with the potential to be used as an unobtrusive participant planning tool in landscape planning practice. Based on the information obtained from professionals in Landscape architecture and researchers the application was tested in the city of Bilbao. During this processes new possibilities and also limits of using this application were identified and discussed with the development team at the host institution to set up the application for Slovak testing phase. Based on the knowledge and information obtained at the University de Deusto, the application will be tested in two case study cities - Nitra and Trnava to explore the users ‘opinion to public spaces. The testing phase, third stage of the STSM will continue in spring 2017 when the application will be tested by students of Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering, SUA in Nitra and other volunteers. During this process the intensive cooperation between host institution and author is expected. Results of the research will be discussed at the host institution with the aim to develop application to eliminate all analyzed bugs and limits. The outcomes of this STSM will provide the information of digital tool for public spaces that could serve as a participatory tool for the professionals in the process of revitalization and creation. For the researchers in the field of Landscape architecture in Slovakia the outcomes present new research possibilities and provide overview of new digital participative planning tool and methods.