civic design [lecture 9]

stone paving as artwork, and creating a delicate patterning of paving to be like an ‘urban carpet’ —

where inhabitants and visitors alike can feel a floor difference when they walk, transitioning from the stroget path to a larger square —

so that amagertorv can be like ‘copenhagen’s living room’ —

what a delightful idea, Bjorn Norgaard!

amagertorv

not only did this particular lecture inspire us all to pay attention to the subtle nuancies of civic spaces in copenhagen, but there was a direct and immediate link from what we learned that morning to the second we exited the classroom and planted our feet back on Vestergade.  the cobblestone streets, for one — i had never noticed how well aligned they were next to the asphalt paving, and how their exact placement and widths corresponded to the location of piping and utlities below street level.  [just pop out a line of cobble blocks with a crowbar!]

cobblestones1

other lovely nuances of city furniture:

uniquely designed manholes (how pretty for a typically ugly thing)

uniquely designed manholes (how pretty for an ugly thing)

bench

one-element cast iron pieces - park benches, which are robust/can switch out pieces easily

bus information totem by knud holscher - modular!  (and how many cities have 'minutes until' for BOTH trains and buses?!)

bus information totem by knud holscher - each small block is modular! (and how many cities boast digital 'minutes until' for BOTH trains and buses)

'parking space management' machines are equipped with their own power supply in the form of solar panels

'parking space management' machines are equipped with their own power supply in the form of solar panels

so many small, everyday life-improving details i never noticed.  with each new place i visit, i must remember to open my eyes a little bit wider.


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