Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Why not get office buildings to install water fountains in facades as a community amenity?

A typical office building facade: 1700 K Street NW, Washington DC
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An indoor water fountain and water bottle filler. A more robust design suitable for outdoor conditions would have to be created.

One of the new London water fountains outside Kentish Town tube station. Photograph: Luke Garratt/Greater London Authority

The Guardian reports that London is installing 100 outdoor water fountains in an attempt to get people to purchase fewer bottles of water ("Locations of 50 new London water fountains revealed").

For some time I've been thinking why not just install water fountains/fillers in building facades?

They can be supported from the internal piping system and it would be a community amenity and likely a lot cheaper to do and maintain.

Although in places without office buildings, free standing outdoor water fountains may have to be the primary option.

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At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alternatively, why not get government to pay for their own public improvements and amenties.


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