Encouraged Dialogue

Public furniture designs invite pedestrian interaction
Implications - Busy schedules and modern-day distractions like iPods and phones may be impacting social interaction more than we think. In urban areas, especially, people have developed an invisibile “shell,” in which privacy and keeping to oneself is the norm and often preferred. Some new public designs, however, aim to counteract this lack of interaction. These public outdoor furnishings encourage social interaction and invite strangers to become acquainted more easily, aiming to alleviate the aloof attitudes typical of urban environments.
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Intimate Furniture Installations - Meeting Bowls Encourage Spontaneous Dialogue Among New Yorkers
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Hot 15,673 Clicks Pub: Aug 20, 11
Intimate Furniture Installations
Meeting Bowls Encourage Spontaneous Dialogue Among New Yorkers
New York's Times Square is getting quite the reputation for its unique art installation, the latest being these Meeting Bowls. Not only do these spontaneous street structures support artistic endeavors,… [More]
Bright Undulating Benches - BAMscape by Faulders Studio Fosters Social Interaction in a Museum
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Warm 10,688 Clicks Pub: Aug 6, 11
Bright Undulating Benches
BAMscape by Faulders Studio Fosters Social Interaction in a Museum
Although made for an obviously practical purpose, the BAMscape by Faulders Studio can easily be considered an art installation as well. In fact, it is pretty much a combination between the two. Commissioned… [More]
Ascending Planter Perches - Talita Exterior Bench Welcomes Interaction with Walkers
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Warm 20,422 Clicks Pub: Jul 8, 11
Ascending Planter Perches
Talita Exterior Bench Welcomes Interaction with Walkers
A park can have beautiful gardens, towering trees, lush grass and divine moments of sun and shade, but without a place to sit like the Talita Exterior Bench offers, the plot will fail to act as an effective… [More]
Crumbled Public Seating - The Fusillo Bench by Marco Goffi Encourages Social Interactions
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Warm 9,550 Clicks Pub: Feb 10, 11
Crumbled Public Seating
The Fusillo Bench by Marco Goffi Encourages Social Interactions
The colorful, crumbled look of the Fusillo bench gives it a creative appeal that could certainly benefit public spaces. Created specifically to encourage social interactions and conversations, it not only… [More]
Public Waiting Rooms - The Julie Kim LA Bus Stop Coffee Table Experiment
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Mild 1,623 Clicks Pub: Jul 28, 11
Public Waiting Rooms
The Julie Kim LA Bus Stop Coffee Table Experiment
Waiting for public transportation can be extremely dull and unpleasant, but perhaps if the environment were better furnished with, for example, a bus stop coffee table, the experience would be more enjoyable.… [More]