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Jane’s Walk 2021 – Street Furniture: Where Policy Meets our Bodies

Jane’s Walk is just around the corner, and we are hosting a session! Join me on a virtual self-guided tour of your neighborhood where we’ll explore different examples of NYC street furniture during Jane’s Walk 2021, on May 5th.

WE’re going to start live-streaming from Roosevelt Island – please follow along at home or work.

Check out our event page, Street Furniture: Where Policy Meets our Bodies:

Municipalities are full of small bits of urban fabric which we almost never foreground, but are the manifestations of our public policy: street furniture. These bits of urbanity are the unsung heroes of city life. This is an activity simultaneously hosted on Zoom, while attendees can also go on a self-guided in-person walk, starting wherever, and encounter pieces of street furniture, and hopefully share what they are seeing, listening, hearing, and smelling with the group. It would be on public sidewalks, hopefully near transit.

For those who wish to go on a walk while tuning in, I recommend joining via the Zoom app on your mobile device.

Zoom information (removed, since this was in the past):

Topic: Street Furniture: Where Policy Meets our Bodies
When: May 5, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

About Roosevelt Island

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About the Project

A lot of attention is paid to the big moves of the city and great work has been done, from Kevin Lynch’s The Image of the City, to Lewis Mumford’s The City in History, to the most iconic example, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. These are big overarching books well worth your time. 

But they miss the smaller details of urban living. Municipalities – Cities, villages, urban and suburban areas – are full of small bits of urban fabric which we almost never foreground: street furniture. These bits of urbanity are the unsung heroes of city life. They help keep us moving safely about our day by deploying signage and traffic lights; hold our newspapers before and after we read them; street furniture protects us with bollards and separated bike lanes; and street furniture brings us joy with trees and art.

I envision this project to be similar to another seminal, if controversial book: A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. Perhaps these are the smaller-scale patterns which flow from the objects themselves. I can only be so presumptuous. This website endeavors to present a wide cross section of communities, taking into account varying densities, geographic location, community age, and mobility mix, allowing wider insights. 

Read more about the project


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