When designers are asked to make a public space more comfortable, useful or rational – that is, if designer serve people – can lead to fantastic results once. We hope that this will never come out of ideas and the world will continue to be a more wonderful place to live.
Bright Leaks.me has 12 examples of urban design as a whole would be good in all cities.
1. The public bench which is also a flower bed
2. The eco-friendly Wi-Fi hotspot
© Mathieu Lehanneur
3. The reflective garden fence which changes appearance depending on the season
© Alyson Shotz
4. The glow-in-the-dark bike path in this park
© Daan Roosegaarde
5. The pubic bench which you can turn over after it rains and sit on the dry underside
6. These designs for a bench, staircase ramp and rain shelter
7. The bench which is also a table
© BD Barcelona Design
8. The fold-out chairs which look like tulips
9. And the alternatives to benches — public hammocks!
10. The bus stop with swings
11. These free public battery chargers for smartphones
12. Two uses in one: it’s both a bench and a tree guard