Bus Stops As Urban Playground

[image via DVICE]

For far too long, bus stops have been ugly, ubiquitous reminders of inefficient transportation, dreary commutes, and the public saturation of advertising. No longer! Industrial designer Bruno Taylor thinks it’s time to reclaim the streets in the name of Play. Life Without Buildings wholeheartedly agrees. To reclaim the city for children now grown, he’s hijacked a London bus shelter with a parasitic swing that injects a little fun (remember fun?) into what can be an otherwise dreary wait. Statement and Guerrilla-installation video after the jump.

“71% of adults used to play on the streets when they were young. 21% of children do so now. Are we designing children and play out of the public realm? This project is a study into different ways of bringing play back into public space. It focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in the public realm by not so much as having separate play equipment that dictates the users but by using existing furniture and architectural elements that indicate playful behaviour for all.”

&#183 The Work of Bruno Taylor [Pixel Sumo via DVICE]

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Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at jamestamp@gmail.com

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