We've had a long cold winter and and cool spring, but it's bound to be getting hot soon. And when it does everyone will be looking for outdoor places that feel cool. If you can spare 30 minutes I'd encourage you to watch the webinar that I gave for Health Canada last summer. It'll give you ideas about how you can design outdoor places so that they'll feel cool on those hot, sunny summer days.
Listen to the webinar and watch the slides at the following link:
Scroll down to the August 20 entry, and select "webinar recording". The first half was presented by a colleague. My presentation is in the second half starting at 32:20.