The Urban Shed

Architecture & Interiors

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The Urban Shed Design Competition – Round 1

Design solves problems.  New York City takes this idea seriously.  Several public agencies have joined to sponsor an open competition for designers and architects to redesign the hideous and pedestrian unfriendly sidewalk shed structures used to protect people from falling construction debris.  When a nail drops fifty stories it becomes a little missile.  

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The competition brief asks the designers to create a component based system that is weather proof, vandal proof, provide night time lighting, use sustainable materials, and have an impact resistant roof.  Should be easy, he said sarcastically.  In October, the design jury selected a group of finalists who will have the opportunity to further develop their design.Picture 17 

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  1. Andrew

    Jan 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Great idea. I like that New York is calling on serious design institutions for solutions that could actually be implemented. It will require students to think practically and will require the city to open their thinking to better design and innovation.

  2. bags

    Jan 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    good idea. I like New York.

  3. laurent

    Jan 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    While much has been built in recent years in NY, very little has escaped the greedy hands of developers and cheap, ugly construction is the rule. Making sidewalk sheds appealing and smart might be the boldest action undertaken by the city in many years. Putting a pretty veil in front of their nasty structures could put some much-needed pressure on developers to think more about design and less about the bottom line. I mean, don’t you think people would notice if scaffolding looked better than the project they temporarily conceal?…

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