You know my hat is off to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and any other neighborhoods doing this. A couple of weekends ago, Bedford Avenue was shut down for two days to provide a car-free event called Williamsburg Walks. Why? To make us rethink our public space and to offer a space to celebrate the hood. Activities like perfume mixing, pickle preserving and sewing demos, children’s games, music and much more. Very neighborhoodie.
Throughout the avenue, chairs were placed everywhere. Now, not just any chairs. We’re talking special chairs. Like the one above. Priority seating for people who want conversation.
Another creative and excellent idea by a local urban designer by way of Brisbane, Australia. Her public art project is all about exploring ideas of public transport and public seating as social spaces. For Yen Trinh, her mission is to create a culture of friendliness. “Conversations in public spaces amongst strangers and friends present endless possibilities to build connections, learn of each other, create community, and just make someone’s day a bit more brighter. Friendliness is often contagious.” Well said Yen, well said!
Hmm…I’m wondering if she’s met Luke from the UK?