Category Archives: Accessibility

Nova by SOFTlab


The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute recently announced that SOFTlab is the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.  The second annual competition called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation at the heart of the Flatiron District. SOFTlab’s winning proposal, Nova, will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. Continue reading

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La Ciclovia

There are many ways to see Bogotá and many Bogotás to see and Ciclovia Sundays are the best way to both.

Every Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm, La Ciclovia (literally, “cycle route”) closes more than 120 km of city streets to traffic and opens them to cyclists, pedestrians, rollerbladers, and pets. It then supports them with an array of bike mechanics, fruit and food stands, fitness tests, cycling lessons, and a small army of volunteers to provide everything from simple directions to first aid.

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Project: Under Gardiner

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The City of Toronto announces a partnership with visionary philanthropists and Waterfront Toronto to reclaim unused space under major elevated highway. The City of Toronto, together with private donors Judy and Wil Matthews and Waterfront Toronto announced a $25-million partnership that will create a new public landscape beneath a large section of the Gardiner Expressway. In making the announcement, Judy Matthews was joined by Mayor John Tory, Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, and other city officials and residents. Continue reading

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Signs You Are in Vienna

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Bikers and drivers see it, if you walk you’ve used it. A crosswalk signal, you know it well – bland, straight to the point. Sometimes, it may have some numbers next to the unisex figure. What these numbers do is count down the seconds you have to race down the street before a symphony of car horns erupt to tell you, your time is up. The signs work well and go unnoticed, there seems to be no need to address the topic; and so the story begins. Continue reading

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Floating observation deck over Grand Central Terminal

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What does the future of hold for New York City? To maintain its stature as one of the world’s great global cities, New York City continues to cultivate opportunities and nurture innovation in all spheres. MAS Summit for New York City, presented by the Municipal Art Society invited over 1000 innovative city shapers and thought leaders to discuss the summit themes of: Development, Density and Diversity – explored the balancing act of users and uses and the challenge of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient – and liveable – for all New Yorkers. Continue reading

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