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NYC Initiative Turns Unsightly Scaffolding Into Miniature Parks

NYC Initiative Turns Unsightly Scaffolding Into Miniature Parks
Design

New York urban renewal concept aims to create more functional public places from sidewalk construction sites -- transforming them from an eyesore to a community asset.

Alice Chan
  • 8 august 2012

Softwalks is an initiative to improve the pedestrian experience in New York City by diversifying the function of unsightly sidewalk scaffolding sheds. A project started by the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons/The New School, this initiative transforms the 6,000 sidewalk sheds that total over 1 million linear feet of enclosed sidewalk area in New York City. Softwalks provides kits to create more functional public spaces, activating our desires to sit, chat, and appreciate interesting environments.

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