04 May 2011

Street Furniture

Harbour Days 005
Over the Easter weekend I visited my friends Søren and Trine on their converted ship on Copenhagen Harbour, right across from Nyhavn. Brilliant sunshine. There was an army of kids, tweenagers and teenagers along for the day, from 3 to 19 years. Running around the ship, playing hide and seek and playing out on the quay. Nice to see how the Bullitt was considered a fine place to sit and text on a mobile.
Paris Velib Alternative Usage
Reminded my of this shot I took in Paris of some friends hanging out on parked Velib bike share bikes.

If you travel with my friend Lars Gemzøe from Gehl Architects you'll find him taking photos of benches - or spaces that lack them - when he's not taking photos of everything else. So this post is dedicated to him. :-)
Spring Sunshine 04 Bridge
In other bench news, the City of Copenhagen widened the bike lanes on Nørrebrogade, probably the busiest bicycle street in the world - and in the process slapped up a couple of benches on Queen Louise's Bridge over The Lakes. For all the liveable cityness of the bridge and surrounding lakefront, the bridge has never invited any great number of people to gather in the sunshine.

Until now. Just a couple of benches have caused the sunny side of the bridge to become a people magnet. The benches get occupied first, of course, but the mere sight of people sitting on benches there cause others to sit down and lean up against the stone. So many of my friends have noticed this sudden and pleasing development.

It's brilliant what a couple of benches can do to change behaviour and create a new citizen space in a city.

6 comments:

Alan Todd said...

Meanwhile check out our thoroughly unlovely police in Australia encouraging cycling at http://www.sydneycyclist.com/group/helmetlessriders
in both Sydney and Melbourne today.

shuichi said...

I would like to seat on more benches everywhere in cities especially when it is a shinny day. I feel like it is necessary/helpful for some architects like Gehl Architects to give their advice to city planning.

Danial123 said...

Beautiful, I’ve been thinking of putting up a springy wreath (even though it still feels and looks like winter in my area as well). thanks for the great idea.
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David said...

I've noticed too, how new benches or other public seating can encourage so many other people to 'hang out' and relax.

It does look much better now with the additional benches :)

furniture stores in los angeles said...

This is why public parks are being put up. Though you can't tell where people will prefer to take a rest.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you get to see interesting signage. There is a lot of political will, it would seem, in Brno to make the city a more bicycle-friendly place. But there is work to be done. As you can see, even the streeets are filled with unseen furnitures.
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