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.
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.