Softwalks Plans Seats and Planters for City Scaffolding

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013 at 6:18 am by

[Photo: Softwalks]

[Photo: Softwalks]

Scaffolding is a fact of city life. A constant, like feral pigeons or the subway breakdancer. For the common pleb, though, the only real utility of such construction sheds is shelter during a downpour. Otherwise, an eyesore of a sidewalk obstruction. But forward thinkers at Softwalks aim to change that with a new public seating concept.

There have been numerous beautification projects through the years to help make scaffolding more bearable. Mostly in the vein of art murals. Softwalks takes a more utilitarian approach with its kit of parts. Inspired by the pedestrian plazas of upper Broadway, co-founders Howard Chambers and Bland Hoke designed mini chairs, counters, planters that are ready-made for installation on the mess of iron bars. The idea being to transform the dark structures into a more social type of space.

[Photo: Softwalks]

[Photo: Softwalks]

Not surprisingly, Softwalks is employing Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds ($13,500) for the following needs:

  • Secure a pilot project site and install the Kit of Parts for a brief period of time.
  • Help pay for shop space and materials to work with.
  • Refine the counter and lighting parts for durability.
  • Invite city officials, Business Improvement District’s, and scaffold companies to the pilot project site.
  • Host a party at the pilot project for one evening for everyone’s support!

Softwalks was spawned two years ago as a project at Parsons. Now the goal is to institute a pilot project on the streets next spring. How do you feel about the plan? Do you think it’ll get enough traction?

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