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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.

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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