Mesmerizing light installations such as these transform streetscapes around the world into dynamic public gathering places. Temporary video walls and light projections—including the ones shown in the video above, projected on the Manhattan Bridge during 2012’s Dumbo Arts Festival—garner praise from governments and businesses alike because they make streets safer and could potentially bring more opportunities for commercial activity in low-traffic areas. Learn more here.
The Battery Park Conservancy and New York City Parks recently announced the top fifty chair designs for use in public spaces from the “Draw Up A Chair” competition. The designs can now be seen on banners in Battery Park. Through September, you can review the winning entries within the online gallery by “liking” your favorite chair, or on-site in the park by texting (424) CHAIR-55. The winning piece will then be fabricated and placed on the Battery Green for everyone to enjoy. In case you missed it, read our announcement of the competition’s kick-off!
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has struck its first contract with a private investment firm turning over control to develop, maintain, and operate route US36, which stretches between Denver and Boulder. While public advocacy groups believe the growing trend in public-private partnerships (PPPs) could undo long-time urban planning efforts—by selling off the public’s input in future local planning decisions—others believe these partnerships will speed improvements to infrastructure by bypassing government bureaucracy.
Join Columbia University’s GSAPP Extreme Cities Laboratory today for a panel discussion and event.The event will explore the theme “Building Megalopolis,” and will also feature an architectural installation that will visualize and analyze the connections between history, architecture, and planning throughout time.
San Francisco-based crowd-funding platform Mosaic is leading a game-changing movement to fight climate change by connecting investors with local solar energy initiatives. Mosaic recently received $100 million in approved loans from the state of California, $157,750 of which has already successfully funded a project at the Ronald Macdonald House in San Diego—with the additional support of 101 investors who crowd-funded the project within six hours.
Check out this article on architecture that applies kinetic engineering to transform building facades to physically respond to the environment. Design Hub, at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), exemplifies the trend, which is currently described as “performance architecture.” While transformational facade design is creating potential for energy efficiency, it is also changing the way architecture engages with the urban landscape.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!