NYC’s Soft Side: Transforming City Sidewalks
New York is a pavement pounder's paradise. With so much to see and do, the only thing left wanting is a place to take a break when there's not a stoop in sight. Enter Softwalks: the Brooklyn duo re-envisioning the functionality of the humble footpath.
Construction scaffolding is an eyesore at best, but the amount of perennial building sites in the Big Apple take the "work in progress" look to the next level. Over 189 miles of sidewalk sheds straddle New York City walkways in total, and lined end-to-end, this skeletal tunnel would stretch all the way from Manhattan to Baltimore!
In a green design crusade, Howard Cambers and Bland Hoke of Softwalks took to realizing the full potential of these shared spaces.
Let this short intro to the project sweep you off your feet:
Softwalks' DIY kit of modular furniture pieces latch onto existing scaffolding beams to create impromptu sidewalk hangouts. Their foldout chair and coffee counter clamp onto the exposed outer structure of the sidewalk shed, allowing pedestrian traffic to continue its flow while the weary pull up a pew next to the newly gentrified gutter. To further soften the edges of this classically uninviting city space, hanging planters add a floral flourish to the makeshift framework, while specially designed lampshades reflect the nocturnal glow of fluorescents.
Like the sidewalk sheds themselves, these fittings are designed to be modular, ready to be transported from one construction site to the next. More fixtures in the pipeline include a decorative trellis, benches, and communal game boards to incite community interaction. And while the project was designed with New York City in mind, these pop-up parks are fit to adorn street corners at any corner of the globe.
Which urban innovation project do you have a soft spot for? Let us know in the comments!
Pro Surfer Kalani Robb and renowned surfboard artisans Channel Islands Surfboards have teamed up with MINI to design ‘The MINI', a surfboard that handles like its namesake.
Attending an International Mini Meeting can lead to an addictive motoring habit. Join Inga Narauskaitė from Lithuania on her adventurous trip from one MINI meeting to the next and find out why she keeps going back for more.
Originally designed as a military grade 'bizarre non-identical twin' of the classic Mini, this hardy member of the fleet eventually found its niche in relaxing tropical climes. Study up on the history of the Mini Moke.
Yet again the MINI Space community came out in force to show they have creativity for miles. The Open Road design competition invited taking originality into overdrive - now see the winners here.
Barren, blustery and unbelievably beautiful. See why a trek through Tasmania should jump to the top of your bucket list.
Sit back and watch the sun sink below the horizon with these six tracks to herald the arrival of autumn.