thisbigcity:

Tree stumps turned into a library transformed this Berlin street, and inspired similar projects in cities across the globe. 

We investigate in our latest post

"We developed 6 interchangeable movable benches that are made out of reclaimed wooden pallets. The benches were designed so they all interlock with one another as part of one singular structure. We placed them around down-town JHB at various locations and are intended for the public to engage with."

'Brothers in Benches' in down-town Johannesburg (Maboneng) by r1 and Sam, a local informal upholstery coach maker.

publicdesignfestival:

With a jump back to the future, the duo of artists HeHe has been carrying out The Train Project, developing unconventional prototypes of railway vehicles tested on abandoned tracks in the form of performances. 

They made their own rail transport. Are they going to offer it as a public service?

Build your own resting place in the city…
Power-nap space was a cool ParkingDay intervention in Berlin by BMWGuggenheim Lab

Build your own resting place in the city…

Power-nap space was a cool ParkingDay intervention in Berlin by BMWGuggenheim Lab

A vertical street-food restaurant roaming in the streets of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi… 
(very “professional” bricolage by Bureau A architects…)

A vertical street-food restaurant roaming in the streets of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi…

(very “professional” bricolage by Bureau A architects…)

Want to grow stuff in the streets of your city? Try transforming posters into pocket planters (old Poster Pocket Plants by Sean and Eric in Toronto - 2009)

Want to grow stuff in the streets of your city? Try transforming posters into pocket planters (old Poster Pocket Plants by Sean and Eric in Toronto - 2009)

Turning an empty lot into a mini golf course… That sounds fun!
(by NL Architects and Platform Openbare Ruimte in Amsterdam)

Turning an empty lot into a mini golf course… That sounds fun!

(by NL Architects and Platform Openbare Ruimte in Amsterdam)

Fountain Hacks by Portugese studio LIKEarchitects and fashion designer Ricardo Dourado
"Unexpected pertinence: Extending the current notions of public space, the inhabitants of Guimarães are invited to take the maximum profit of these (waterful) mo(nu)ments. The concept is to promote an occupation of the water public spaces by redefining city’s physical limits and deleting the social predefined boundaries. This project is not about beauty, but reinvention - it is about fountain-use upgrade design.
Low-tech, maximum effect: Quick and simple to implement, low-tech urban hacks shows city-users they must be part of the city urban planning, calling for a use of public space where hacking becomes an energetic, optimistic design approach. Fountain Hacks promotes places to enjoy and refresh: put your feet into the water as you have always wished; try on the social shower and invite your neighbour to join you; make part of the city users!”
via Dezeen and Pierre Mallet ;-)

Fountain Hacks by Portugese studio LIKEarchitects and fashion designer Ricardo Dourado

"Unexpected pertinence: Extending the current notions of public space, the inhabitants of Guimarães are invited to take the maximum profit of these (waterful) mo(nu)ments. The concept is to promote an occupation of the water public spaces by redefining city’s physical limits and deleting the social predefined boundaries. This project is not about beauty, but reinvention - it is about fountain-use upgrade design.

Low-tech, maximum effect: Quick and simple to implement, low-tech urban hacks shows city-users they must be part of the city urban planning, calling for a use of public space where hacking becomes an energetic, optimistic design approach. Fountain Hacks promotes places to enjoy and refresh: put your feet into the water as you have always wished; try on the social shower and invite your neighbour to join you; make part of the city users!”

via Dezeen and Pierre Mallet ;-)

A set of screwdrivers in a phone booth can turn out to be handy.
A cool way of repurposing old phone booths in your city!
(Naarden - Harmen De Hoop had already thought of that in 1996!)

A set of screwdrivers in a phone booth can turn out to be handy.

A cool way of repurposing old phone booths in your city!

(Naarden - Harmen De Hoop had already thought of that in 1996!)

A DIY cloackroom at a tram stop… Just what you need!
(Amsterdam - 1994 - Harmen De Hoop)

A DIY cloackroom at a tram stop… Just what you need!

(Amsterdam - 1994 - Harmen De Hoop)

A drinking cup placed by a canal side. A public service.
(Amsterdam - 1996 - Harmen De Hoop)
A cup can always turn out useful… Although I’m not sure I would  drink out of this canal!

A drinking cup placed by a canal side. A public service.

(Amsterdam - 1996 - Harmen De Hoop)

A cup can always turn out useful… Although I’m not sure I would  drink out of this canal!

Two bench vices bolted to a picnic bench on a highway parking lot.
For practical / recreational use…

Now you can start doing some serious urban bricolage!

(Bodegraven - 1996 - Harmen De Hoop)

An invitation to hack your city…
(Rotterdam - 2004 - by Harmen De Hoop)
"He works without a client, installing his ‘landscape adjuncts’ illegally and anonymously…” (Robert-Jan Muller, Jason Coburn)

An invitation to hack your city…

(Rotterdam - 2004 - by Harmen De Hoop)

"He works without a client, installing his ‘landscape adjuncts’ illegally and anonymously…” (Robert-Jan Muller, Jason Coburn)

How local skateboarders actually built their own skatepark on an unused public space, under a bridge in St.Louis, Missouri, USA

(and they are building more! Follow and support their DIY work here: Kinghighway )

publicdesignfestival:

Pieces of outdoor furniture seen on Piazza XXV Aprile during Public Design Festival 2014.

Photos by: Luca Rotondo _ All rights reserved

I like the DIY style. I like the wheels. But is this urban furniture really reusable? Does it really get moved around?