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23 Jan 2020

Playful Urban Design Intervention by Lateral Office Takes Over New York City's Garment District

Christele Harrouk - ArchDaily
Located on Broadway Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, the block closed completely for vehicular traffic

Lateral Office, the Canadian experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, installed 12 seesaws in New York City's Garment District. Entitled Impulse, the urban intervention will stay on display until the 31st of January 2020.

 

© Alexandre Ayer

Located on Broadway Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, the block closed completely for vehicular traffic in order to encourage pedestrians to interact with the installation. The urban space is transformed into a playground with the introduction of one of the most famous games for kids.

Ranging from 4.8 to 7.3 meters, the seesaws light up and emit sounds when activated and used. Part of Garment District Art on the Plazas street program, the installation is triggered when people sit on each end of the planks and grab the handle. In a resting position, the seesaws also radiate, transmitting a dimmed light.


Read more: ArchDaily


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