Now more than ever people are looking to live, work, and play in the same vicinity. The demand for urban amenities will continue to increase as the urban population grows. Developers and employers have incentives for investing in urban amenities that can profit not just them, but the community as a whole.
What are Urban Amenities?
Urban amenities are the assets a city or area uses to attract people. There are three types of urban amenities: natural, constructed, and social. Natural amenities come from nature, such as public parks, lakes, trails, and bike paths. Infrastructure is added for attraction and maintenance, but in general natural amenities are unique to its location. Constructed amenities are those that have been built for the needs of the inhabitants like transit, retail, and schools. They vary depending on population, but also connect urban districts. Social amenities come in the form of culture and values. A specific district can be well known for being relaxed, family-friendly, or artsy depending on branding and other adjacent amenities.
Offices are Intertwined
Many workplaces are already endorsing urban amenities for the workplace in various scales. Outdated office parks are adding park amenities to enhance their business district. By adding public bike paths and pocket parks, locals are drawn to the area and employees can bike to work and enjoy lunch in a shaded park. Other companies are opting for internal urban amenities such as a public community space in their office with larger kitchens and break out areas to share with local organizations and nonprofits. Collaborative areas that can be communal with the neighborhood harvest a diverse workplace and promote a positive impact. This social amenity enables employees to interact with the community as well as potentially meet clients. Relationships are valued, and opportunities for philanthropic work is encouraged.
On a large scale, companies with many employees are transitioning to working campuses that provides urban amenities at the company level. By including the natural and social amenities into the campus plan and providing rentable space, the company is able to attract retail and restaurants. Offices are intertwined with parks, sidewalks, outdoor collaborative spaces, cafeterias, and shopping. These urban hubs allow employees to live on, or near campus and use their vehicles less. Coworkers become neighbors and ideas are no longer conceived sitting at a desk, but on your daily walk to the cafeteria.
Workplace becomes Liveplace
Scaling urban amenities in the natural, constructed and social level benefits the quality of life. Adjacency to public parks, bikeways, schools, and transit change the way we interact with people to and from work. Employees can enjoy a short walk to restaurants, childcare facilities, or a jog around the park. The workplace becomes an abiding place promoting communal and personal well-being. In return, businesses benefit from healthy employees and a productive company that promotes walkability, connection, and creativity. Scaling urban amenities supports a better standard of living for employees within workplace cities.
With four years of experience, Mirna strives to develop an idea into the built form through informational graphics, design detailing, and documentation. She loves creating beautiful spaces from the inside out by developing each individual’s space according to its needs. Mirna believes that research and design strongly impacts the way we interact with others.