The Spring 2017 Street Seats created by Parsons students in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation, is a multi-level planter creating an organic separation between the road and the sidewalk while providing six benches off the main frame. The structural framework is made from 360 pieces of vietnamese bamboo. The plants in this structure are suspended in 75 pockets made with recycled water bottles. This unique material provides a porous surrounding in which vegetation flourishes. The twelve solar panels mounted to the frame provide energy to LED lights embedded into a number of the planters.
The project as a whole intends to offer a unique space within the busy city environment in which it is located. The ‘bamboo seating structure’ serves as a role model for future sustainable urban designs and encourages the implementation of alternative materials that have a lighter environmental footprint than some of their counterparts.
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Image: Street Seats at night. The solar panels provide energy to LED lights embedded into a number of the planters.
Image credit: Finnegan Harries, BFA Architecture Student at Parsons