Outdoor product maker Husqvarna's survey results from landscaping architecture students in 15 countries points to the growth of green spaces in urban areas in size and importance, maintained with the support of sensors, robotics, drones and citizens. To explore the report findings, Husqvarna is setting up a robotic pilot to calculate sustainability and productivity gains, and help in the quest to collect data for sustainability research.
Given urbanization, sustainability and the rapid development of technology, what will the future urban park look like in 2030? Husqvarna asked 533 landscaping architect students in 15 countries, representing 60 universities, in order to understand how the decision makers in 2030 view the role and the park, allowing Husqvarna to develop solutions and products that meet future needs for green space management.
Husqvarna president Pavel Hajman said: "The need for green spaces is growing, and it is inspiring to think about how green spaces in cities can come to be maintained in 2030. In our quest to explore new opportunities to drive this industry forward, I am excited to announce that Husqvarna will conduct an urban robotic park pilot in Stockholm to put the report findings to the test, learning more about the possibility to increase sustainability and productivity in professional landscaping in urban areas."
Key findings from the report:
Students agreed that the number one purpose of the park is to have a positive environmental impact on the cities they inhabit, reduce air and water pollution, mitigate urban heat waves, lower noise levels, and generate positive outputs.
Some 92 per cent of students said the key purpose of parks in 2030 will be to have a positive environmental impact on the surrounding cities, acting as the cities’ ‘lungs’.
86 per cent said parks will encourage sustainable living.
61 per cent said future parks will produce sustainable energy.
71 per cent believed parks will take up more urban space than today, the biggest increase will come from new smaller parks and pop-up parks situated on rooftops, vertical green spaces and abandoned sites.
64 per cent preferred a diverse nature over a more uniform design – more wilderness and less lawn.
98 per cent of students were positive to use new technology in parks.
63 per cent would like to include sensors to track the park health.
47 per cent said robots and drones will be an important part of park maintenance.
77 per cent wanted parks to be open 24 hours a day.
53 per cent wished for park maintenance to be done any time of the day to cater for increased use and access.
64 per cent of students believed volunteers from the community will support park maintenance together with professionals and automated solutions.
Husqvarna and the city of Stockholm will run a pilot beginning in 2017 that looks into how robotic mowers can improve sustainability and productivity in urban green spaces. The robotic mowers will be equipped with sensors to collect data on air quality, light, sound and rain water. The data will be collected by the non-profit organization Quantified Planet to support research for sustainability.