make public space work for you. Urban wild furniture by urban hacktivist Florian Rivière
Seating in public space is often neglected… and that’s where a little urban bricolage can help! Check out these very cool hammocks in Bogota - Columbia.
Jardin de hamacas: Intervenciones realizadas en el centro de Bogotá, como parte de los projects de la quinta edición de la feria de arte contemporáneo La Otra, curados por Pablo León de la Barra.
Some cities, specifically in Europe, are turning their streets and curbsides into modern living rooms with some high-end street furniture. (via Dwell magazine)
Playful Spaces by Bruno Taylor
Coffee table in the city: watch what happens when a coffee table intrudes into the public realm…
… people get to talk to strangers!
The Granville Pedestrian Mall in Vancouver:
In 2010 (just in time for the winter Olympics) the city established pedestrian only weekends along a five block stretch. Many events are held there throughout the summer. This stretch has been off-limits to cars (transit, bikes and pedestrians only) since 1974. The local business association initially blamed this for lackluster sales (others blamed unfriendly streets, including the oppressive behemoth off-street shopping centre that spans an entire block). Finally, a more simple solution was settled on: revitalize the streetscape and furniture. This, along with the pedestrian weekends make it a highly popular place to wander. More at the City of Vancouver Rediscover Granville site.
Willcocks Street—a side street on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto—was turned into a pedestrian zone last summer. Street furniture included tables, chairs, planters, astro turf, basketball hoops and painted leaves on the pavement. Weekend farmers markets also took place during the summer. It was highly successful- the University and the City are looking at making this one year pilot project a permanent fixture.