WE ❤️ DESIGN. Tours, exhibits, programs and events about Chicago architecture. Formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Every ward across the city includes a baffling and ever-changing collection of poles and newspaper boxes that exist in the public right of way. Some of these objects are marginally useful for us—lighting the sidewalk and street, noting city parking regulations, holding stacks of newspapers.
But these poles and boxes are also commonly used for other things, such as locking bicycles or attaching banners and signs. And as a pedestrian in the summertime, having to weave around restaurants' tables and chairs, can make walking down the sidewalk even more complicated. Sadly, there’s a complete lack of coordination to any of this and minimal effort at making it beautiful.
Could we be inspired by the rare moments in our city when pedestrian space carefully nudges its way into the street? Is it possible for cars and people to comfortably share the right of way? This project addresses these problems and illustrates a simple, transportable public space that is easily adaptable to any business, street or community.