Paris to become a laboratory for urban design | Reuters
August 30, 2012 Leave a comment
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.