Paris to become a laboratory for urban design | Reuters


Integrated wifi hotspot, greenery, shelter, and seating in Paris. From nytimes.com.

This installation, titled Digital Break, is only one of 40 temporary projects that, according to Elizabeth Pineau in this post, will turn the city into a “living laboratory” for testing out new urban design interventions. These range from agricultural projects such as a mushroom farm and aquaculture, to multimedia projects for educating tourists or sending digital post cards. This temporary intervention and urban prototyping is a great way for a city to try on new things and see what fits. For instance, the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine in Philadelphia started out as a pilot project that eventually became permanent. Hopefully, as the year goes on, we’ll hear about more of these projects in Paris and see which ones can be applied elsewhere.

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