/10 Innovative Outdoor Benches Shaping Public Spaces

10 Innovative Outdoor Benches Shaping Public Spaces



Polymorphic / Columbia University GSAPP. Image © Jennifer Chang

Polymorphic / Columbia University GSAPP. Image © Jennifer Chang

In order to create vibrant public spaces, people need to have a constant presence in these locations, whether they are on their own or in groups. In fact, they need to linger in these places and establish social interactions. To do so, one major element has to be incorporated into the urban setting: the bench.

This seating feature, simple or high tech, insures firstly the comfort of the passersby and animates the area consequently, through the addition of the missing human aspect. Sometimes, this is all it takes to revive a space that became a dull passage. The most basic urban design component can take many forms and can be created from different materials, always generating a statement and serving its purpose.

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