Shading a personal space before the crosswalk

From the beginning of the pandemic, streets and public spaces were the main getaways from our personal, private homes. Whenever loneliness sunk in, we felt the urge to get out and wander the streets. Luckily, open public spaces appeared to be the safest place during the pandemic.

Nevertheless, the streets do obtain a few bottlenecks. We recognized the waiting for the traffic light, to be as such. That point in the city formes a collision between people with different needs, and different approaches to comprehend the pandemic: a street runner, an elderly stroller, an in-a-rush worker, etc. The 'new' normality should able unexpected meetings to occur while caring for all spectrum of users. Islands offer an environment that ables different approaches to coexist.

Islands relieve the bottleneck formed near pedestrian crosswalks, by forming a shaded personal space. Marking a safe distance with shade, spacing people 2 meters apart, while waiting before the crosswalk. Islands' metallic arm is synchronized with the traffic light: when the light changes, the arm rotates in two axes, 'releasing' the shade spots and takes its second position, as a stop sign. Its light structure can be placed around sunny city crosswalks where needed. Islands' position in the public space can be dictated by users' demands.

Ofer Wassermann, Anna Davidovich
Ofer Wassermann, Anna Davidovich
Location of project
IL, Tel Aviv
Month/Year of project
04 / 2021
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