The Lampbrella is made from fiberglass and equipped with a rain and motion sensor that help to figure out when it needs to open and close the umbrella canopy. In case the Lampbrella fails to open there’s a button on the lamp post that can be used to open the canopy manually. Belyaev thinks that his creation can be useful anywhere in the city where many people walk, but specifically at places without canopies or large trees where you can hide from the rain.
Worldwide governments have to economize, which generally means there will be less money to spend on the city’s public spaces. Here on The Pop-Up City we are very much interested in new financing strategies concerning public space. Would it, for instance, be possible to give world-leading brands the opportunity to invest in public spaces while giving them some brand visibility in return? Usually only talking about such an idea leads to angry faces and automatic defending mechanisms. Generally, brand involvement is considered something bad in the urban planning community. It seems to be completely normal that local governments sell all empty walls for advertisement space in order to earn some extra money, while at the same time it is not done to ask brands to get involved in public space design… even when the community could get something worth-full in return.Read more →
Here is a twist on the beloved street food trend. Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong’s latest sculpture, ‘Transform Bar’, is inspired by his local hawker culture.Read more →
We all know the kiosks on the busy streets of our world cities — those small, neat pop-up booths that sell about everything, from newspapers and magazines to cigarettes and cold drinks. Kiosks mean a lot to me, and to the city itself. At these colourful places, where tourists buy their public transport tickets and commuters…Read more →
We don’t have to smoke any more to get social with strangers at the train station. Yesterday I came across a rather innovative urban installation at Schiedam Centrum station (a Rotterdam suburb) that has to keep the train travelers warm when they’re waiting at windy stations. On a cold day like yesterday strangers huddle together to…Read more →