Illuminating the McKeldin Mall
University of Maryland's Mckeldin Mall is a hub for activity during the day, but is not often used at night. Insufficient lighting plays a role in the Mall’s use in the evening hours; patrons do not feel safe in a dark open space, and find the area impractical to use.
In this project, we conducted field research to understand the types of users that frequent the mall: commuters, event-specific users, and general/multipurpose users. In response to our findings, we designed a comprehensive solution designed to improve the space’s usability after dark for these groups through interactive light displays controllable through a mobile app.