Priority Seating for Conversation; Yen Trinh, Brisbane, Australia
Public2; Irene Guzman, Santa Monica, CA
Education on the Go; Rumi Samadhan, Mumbai, India
Ingrain Reclaimed Street Furniture Project; Rodrigo Caula, Vancouver, BC
The Pavilion Harp; Wayne and Karolina Switzer, Brooklyn, NY
In the summer of 2012, GOOD and the BMW Guggenheim Lab launched a worldwide, online call for imaginative and unconventional ways to improve urban comfort. Members of the public were invited to propose changes to a public space of their choice, taking into consideration the community, environment, architecture, landscape, and other elements that would shape the experience.
Curator Maria Nicanor selected the five top ideas listed here from the total of one hundred twenty submissions that came in from twenty-one countries. Each of the five were featured on the GOOD and BMW Guggenheim Lab websites, social media channels, and in the Lab’s e-newsletter. “The goal of the BMW Guggenheim Lab is to explore and inspire forward-thinking ideas for urban life,” said Nicanor. “We are thrilled by the response we received to the City Forward initiative from citizens around the world. The selected ideas were chosen for their originality, resourcefulness, and potential, and we are excited to see how they develop.”
Priority Seating for Conversation
Yen Trinh, Brisbane, Australia
Conversations in public spaces present endless possibilities to build connections, create community, and make life more interesting. This submission suggests displaying signs designating “priority seating for people who want conversation” in trains, buses and other modes of public transportation to foster a culture of friendliness.
Irene Guzman, Santa Monica, CA
This submission proposes developing a public square where the architecture encourages interaction between community members. As people “claim their space,” they could work together to create a comfortable environment by rearranging a system of suspended strings to create shade during the day or using movable lamps to light the space at night.
Education on the Go
Rumi Samadhan, Mumbai, India
Ingrain Reclaimed Street Furniture Project
Rodrigo Caula, Vancouver, BC
The Pavilion Harp
Wayne and Karolina Switzer, Brooklyn, NY
Other imaginative submissions included ideas for a new waterfront park made of reused shipping containers (Seattle), play spaces for subway tunnels (Munich), recycled cardboard hammocks for a marketplace (Montreuil, France), a tool kit to improve New York City’s scaffolding structures, and a canal revitalization plan (São Paulo). This sampling of submissions and more can be viewed at good.is/city-forward.
Visit Lab | Log for further coverage of City Forward and the selected projects.