Living in New York City isn’t always easy. One contributing factor is the lack of accessible green space. Research points to the emotional and physical benefits of interacting with nature, even after just twenty minutes a day, but our culture’s disconnect to the natural world is a problem that is not at the forefront of our concerns. In fact, Americans spend only five percent of their day outside, and more than half of the country’s population live in dense, gray cities.
Revive is designed to help new residents of New York City measure, track, and improve both the quantity and quality of their green time in the city. Their progress is embodied in a digital plant that grows based on the user’s efforts. The plant’s growth is calculated based on metrics tracked, such as visiting a new green place, step count, sunlight, and more. Additionally, Revive provides new places for the user to visit based on the season and weather. Users can add friends, see their place on the leaderboard, and nudge friends when their plants are dying.
Revive inspires and motivates New York City residents to seek out green space and to connect with nature more meaningfully, which, in turn, will benefit their health and general well-being.