• Could San Francisco top Paris as the City of Light? By late this year or early next year, if artist Leo Villareal has his way, the San Francisco Bay Bridge will be adorned with 25,000 white LED lights. The twinkling lights, programmed in patterns inspired by traffic, water, and local weather, will cover a span one and a half miles long and reach 500 feet high—seven times the scale of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th-anniversary lighting. Check out Villareal’s rendering:
• Origami and architecture become best friends in German artist Simon Schubert’s inkless architectural “drawings.” In these inventive renderings, Schubert creates lines without any pen or pencil, simply by creasing the paper.
• Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s variations on the basic public bench bend and dip in odd ways, forcing users to interact differently with the benches and the people around them.
• A roof with a view is coming to southern China. NL Architects’ latest plans for a cycle-hire shop include a velodrome for a roof, overhanging a shop and cafe on the ground level. Once consumers hire a bike, they can take it for a spin on the roof via central staircases, which will double as seating areas for spectators.
• From Urban Omnibus, a look back at the evolution of how pedestrians and vehicles have shared—or not shared—roads and public space in U.S. cities, plus government’s role in facilitating traffic flow.
• Designer Janne Melajoki is trashing public space for the better, turning junk into these whimsical ping pong tables.
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