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Public Square, 2017

This is a Public Square. It was designed by FXCollaborative Architects and made for (as the client) Driverless Future Challenge. It is dated 2017. It is a part of the department.

Public Square reclaims road space as useful public space for pedestrians. A range of interlocking plug-and-play modules allows for a range of uses—from retail stands to gardens—enabling cities and communities to reimagine their streets and incrementally transform the city. Replacing just 5% of on-street parking in New York City would add the green space equivalent of one new Central Park. The modules reduce heat retention and storm-water runoff, which is critically important as cities face unprecedented storm events.

Acrylic, foam, foam board, paper

Floor and wall diagrams
Digital prints

Video: Public Square
3:06 minutes
Produced by FXCollaborative with Sam Schwartz Engineering and Mental Canvas
Courtesy of FXCollaborative

It is credited Courtesy of FXCollaborative.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.

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