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DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks!

Posted By Molly Cotter On August 13, 2012 @ 1:35 pm In Green Space,Manhattan | 1 Comment

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The Softwalks initiative was born out of the MFA Transdisciplinary Design [7] program at Parsons, The New School [8]. Students were inspired by the Department of Transportation’s [9] amazing makeover of the city’s traffic heavy areas into giant pedestrian walkways like in areas like Herald Square and Times Square [10]. The group banded together and created simple kits with chair pieces, a counter, a light fixture, a planter, and a green trellis [11] that anyone can pick up and install onto the beams of their nearest scaffolded area [1]. The initiative aims to transform nearly 6,000 construction sites, equalling 189 miles of covered sidewalk.

The project’s greatest aspect is that anyone can get involved. The kit pieces are modular [12]and lightweight, making them easy to install, take down, and reuse in new areas. The kits also create a public art activity, involving the community to brighten up their construction-heavy [13] areas. Whether its a coffee break spot or a new community garden, Softwalks allows anyone to activate a once drab sidewalk shed into a fun and functional public space.

+ Softwalks [2]

via PSFK [14]

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URLs in this post:

[1] scaffolding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaffolding

[2] Softwalks: http://www.citysoftwalks.com/

[3] DIY kits: http://www.citysoftwalks.com/kitofparts

[4] green trellis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trellis_%28architecture%29

[5]  : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/diy-softwalks-kits-let-you-turn-ugly-scaffolding-into-fun-pop-up-parks/softwalks-scaffolding-city-parks-6/?extend=1

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/diy-softwalks-kits-let-you-turn-ugly-scaffolding-into-fun-pop-up-parks/softwalks-scaffolding-city-parks-4/

[7] MFA Transdisciplinary Design: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-transdisciplinary-design/

[8] Parsons, The New School: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/

[9] Department of Transportation’s: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/home/home.shtml

[10] Times Square: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-report-shows-that-times-square-pedestrian-plazas-in-nyc-improved-our-air-quality/

[11] green trellis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trellis

[12] modular : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modular_design

[13] construction-heavy: http://www.citysoftwalks.com/cityaslab

[14] PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2012/08/nyc-scaffolding-miniature-parks.html

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