Archive for January, 2009|Monthly archive page

Bike rack’s “manipulation”

6a00d834522c5069e200e5541f0a058833-800wiThis bicycle racks are designed by David Bryne and installed in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here, in my opinion, we have another example of commingling of art and design. His bike rack designs are “based around the “personalities” of each neighborhood”. It’s a good idea that can be adapted to every city in order to identify the characteristics of every area.

Of course this kind of design can become an advertising




or a sign that indicates a place like a theatre, a bar, a museum, a cinema…





Comparing bus stops

Many bus stops don’t have adequate seating and passengers are left to sit on the ground. The designer Catherine Pena designed this simple bus stop that utilizes the electric poles to attach on and her aim was “to construct environmentally friendly, efficient, and streamline seating for people who use public transportation, to give passengers a sense of authority and autonomy by providing an elevated vantage point a position of honor”.  



 I’m agree when she says that the passengers take a position of honor…it’s seems a throne… but in my opinion this is very essential and simply stop bus so if you aspect the bus in the stop bus below you should feel more of a king on a throne…an emir. In fact here we are in Dubai, luxurious city in the middle of the desert. The particularity of this bus stop is that it is air-conditioned. Also the shape and its design make it very innovative and suitable for the city-landscape of Dubai. 



“Manipulation” of a gate

Here another example of “recycled” design where  a clever manipulation of a gate can provide seats, benches, nooks and playspaces for children.



One of the city component, with the help of design and the designer Tejo Remy , can become more nice. In fact what is normally built as a barrier or a separator becomes an area for connecting people… It has bends and surfaces to sit and play on in both of the two parts.

Dear old phone boxes…

Phone box is an example of how the urban design can change because of the innovations in our lives. In an era characterized by the domination of cellular does anyone remember the old phone box? As we can see in this milanese newspaper clipping, we can observe their decline. cabina-rotta

 It seems that even in London the trend is the same and the “red boxes” are falling… do you imagine how the characteristic city-landscape of London can change without one of its symbol?

Photo by Sabrina Ronchese

Photo by Sabrina Ronchese

 Here, in order to give a “tribute” to our old place where we phoned, some funny phone boxes’s design (from Japan).In this way you can’t ignore them:


If you are missing them the project by Alessandro Busana “Isolution” could help you. It is a particular  telephone box where you can go and telephone with your personal cellular…this idea permits to have a place in our busy cities where you can find the opportunity to make a call in peace. This idea belongs to “mini design awards”.isolution