Along a path, each intersection has curb extensions, and the curbs rise up to create ridges to protect pedestrians, while providing planters and benches for the public space. A hatched crosswalk extends into the street to signal that it’s a place for both cars and pedestrians. The median strip is integrated to create a physical link down the street to the next intersection, and a continuous planting strategy links the streets to adjacent parks. Planters at corners and median strips are managed as community gardens, fostering diversity and local ownership of the streetscape.
All this variation can be achieved by developing a limited infrastructural ‘kit-of-parts’ that can be deployed as the occasion requires.
This project starts by looking at something we rarely see—the humble curb—and asks it to do more. Specifically, how we might introduce natural forms into infrastructure to make a safe public space which is both communal and non-commercial, a more livable city?
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