Project summary:

Blue Index is a participatory research project designed to gather feedback about 33 waterscapes throughout Austin. Led by Kevin Jeffery, a graduate student in landscape architecture, Blue Index focuses on capturing people’s emotional reactions to water to better understand its positive effects — from reducing anxiety to fostering overall wellbeing in an urban community. Blue Index data will also feed into Planet Texas 2050’s DataX project, which combines both quantitative and qualitative information, in real time, to create accurate simulations of what Texas might look like in 30 years.

Media:

‘Blue Index’ Captures Our Emotional Reactions to Urban Waterscapes By: Rebecca Woodier — Earth Island Journal