Links for June 14, 2016

A Renegade Muscles In on Mister Softee’s Turf

“From 34th to 60th Street, river to river, that’s ours,” he said on a recent afternoon, moments after handing a chocolate cone to a delighted-looking little boy.... “You will never see a Mister Softee truck in Midtown,” he continued. “If you do, there will be problems, and you won’t see him there very long.”

Stop and PLAY

Aesthetically, wooden posters were a great choice as they had the DIY look that made them stand out from all the commercials. They turned out to not be resistant to the Danish weather though. Even with varnish protection the wood started to bend and twist. As a result, some parts of the posters simply fell off. Any parts sticking out of the posters ended up being too tempting for people to vandalise. We learned that a lot of compromises between aesthetics, usability and sturdiness have to be made in order to successfully design for public spaces. One has to take into account every detail of the design, ranging from materials being used to the practical aspects of construction, location, and exact measurements.

Friends of the Urban Forest: Greening San Francisco

Friends of the Urban Forest helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This “green infrastructure” improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, raising property values and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 50,000 trees, totaling 47% of the city’s street tree canopy.

Róisín Murphy - Ten Miles High