Softwalks Plans Seats and Planters for City Scaffolding
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.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?