Laneway project in Dublin, 2010.

via meandhimandyou.com/laneway-project

laughingsquid:

Free No Wi-Fi Zone, A Bench That Blocks Wi-Fi Signals

Timo Klos’s “To Mark Time" is a five-image slideshow of fake bus stops constructed outside a nursing home in Germany. The stops act as meeting places for residents suffering from dementia, who habitually walk to them, sit down have a casual conversation with other residents, meanwhile forgetting where thought they were going. Later on, staff will come to collect the residents.

"The simple social intercourse created when people rub shoulders in public is one of the most essential kinds of social “glue” in society."

— Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language

"The possibility of the accidental meeting is what makes the city a fertile place."

— David Sucher - City Comforts

fuckyeahtoronto:

torontodesign: cool
Public life animates Corbusier’s City Centre.
Chandigarh, 2007.

Public life animates Corbusier’s City Centre.

Chandigarh, 2007.

publicdesignfestival:

Until September 16th along Broadway Boulevard in Times Square the Meeting Bowls by the Spanish collaborative mmmm… invite people to socialize. They’re a series of three over-sized semi-spherical capsules that provide seating for up to eight people.  

Washington Post article discusses the rise of street cafe culture in DC:

"The Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, which conducts a survey of sidewalk cafes in that area, found a double-digit increase since 2009: from 95 in 2009, to 123 in 2010, to 135 this summer. More than 3,200 seats are available."

Outdoor seating has been recognized as an important factor for successful urban spaces by William H. Whyte and others for decades. This metric is a great indicator of the positive changes happening to DC’s urban public life over the past few years. The District is fortunate for its ample supply of wide sidewalks, an asset other cities in North America don’t necessarily have.

irishboyinlondon:

Brooklyn Receives First DOT Sanctioned “Pop-Up” Cafe
Photo: Pattern Cities
I love this! New Yorks DOT has enhanced the liveablity of local neighbourhoods by reclaiming parking space and creating an inexpensive opportunity for people to stop and participate in their city.  These pop-up spaces also create a facility that has the potential to enhance the economic position of local businesses.

Not to be outdone, NYC took the cue and has since added their own “pop-up” cafes, which are typically placed in front of restaurants where sidewalk widths preclude outdoor sidewalk seating. While the seats are open to restaurant patrons and non-patrons alike, intelligent business owners surely see the benefit to making space for people to linger in front of their establishments. Since last fall, several pop-up cafes have been built in Manhattan, adding much needed places to sit and enjoy the City’s wonderful street life.

irishboyinlondon:

Brooklyn Receives First DOT Sanctioned “Pop-Up” Cafe

Photo: Pattern Cities

I love this! New Yorks DOT has enhanced the liveablity of local neighbourhoods by reclaiming parking space and creating an inexpensive opportunity for people to stop and participate in their city.  These pop-up spaces also create a facility that has the potential to enhance the economic position of local businesses.

Not to be outdone, NYC took the cue and has since added their own “pop-up” cafes, which are typically placed in front of restaurants where sidewalk widths preclude outdoor sidewalk seating. While the seats are open to restaurant patrons and non-patrons alike, intelligent business owners surely see the benefit to making space for people to linger in front of their establishments. Since last fall, several pop-up cafes have been built in Manhattan, adding much needed places to sit and enjoy the City’s wonderful street life.

(Source: buildgreatcities, via rpgsa)