November 30, 2018, 8am PST
A bench is a basic bus stop amenity, but many stops on Los Angeles’ Eastside lack them. One resident took on the task of putting in benches himself.
July 25, 2018, 9am PDT
San Francisco's street furniture predates Google, but the city hopes a new design will bring it into the Information Age.
July 26, 2016, 10am PDT
After a tour of Los Angeles street furniture, Alissa Walker offers her reflections on cities' changing approach to public space.
August 11, 2014, 2pm PDT
Part street furniture, part advertisement for public transit, part public art—the designers of a new bus stop installation in Baltimore call it "an obvious bus stop."
April 7, 2014, 9am PDT
San Francisco recently launched the Living Innovation Zones program to generate space-activating public art installations around the city. The city hopes the program will create “catalysts for exploration, innovation and play.”
The Architect's Newspaper
March 13, 2014, 6am PDT
In 2006, New York City signed contracts for private-public partnerships that would deliver a variety of street furniture throughout the city. To date, 3,355 bus shelters, 304 newsstands, and three (3) public toilets have been built.
New York Times - City Room Blog
January 22, 2014, 12pm PST
Street furniture like benches, garbage cans, and bike racks are found in every city. But not all street furniture is created equal—new technology is redefining street furniture as the smart devices that run efficient cities.
January 22, 2014, 10am PST
In Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, some locals are benefiting from public-space improvements as part of the Eastside Access project. But many nearby streets and sidewalks are sorely neglected.
December 28, 2013, 1pm PST
A session on urban furniture at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston traced the history of the public bench, from 14th century Tuscan civic benches to 3D modeled seating arrangements that embrace "ergonomically-sound geometries".
May 30, 2013, 9am PDT
John Metcalfe spotlights the work of Dutch designer Thor ter Kulve, whose creative approach to designing street furniture blends utility and playfulness with the aim of liberating public space.
March 3, 2013, 11am PST
Street Plans Collaborative, a New York-based urban planning and design firm, has begun an ambitious project to map the city's informal sidewalk seating culture. The project is asking the pubic to submit entries from their own observations.
March 14, 2012, 7am PDT
Web Urbanist has published a fun post featuring examples of unconventional urban furniture. If you're tired of the same old boring bus benches and park picnic tables, these interactive, comfortable, and visually interesting pieces should inspire you.
August 20, 2011, 1pm PDT
New street furniture being tested in the Broadway pedestrian zone attempts to create a semi-sheltered, intimate space in the middle of the glitz of 42nd St.
May 20, 2011, 5am PDT
Developers in Mumbai will be allowed to build street furniture and sell advertising space on it as part of their projects, in accordance with a new law in the city.
March 24, 2010, 1pm PDT
Downers Grove, IL has won accolades for being the first residential subdivision to install a hybrid solar-wind powered street lighting system, reports TribLocal.
TribLocal (Chicago Tribune)
October 18, 2009, 9am PDT
The city of Toronto is rolling out a new street furniture program. Lisa Rochon calls the new additions to the city's sidewalks an "assault on civic life".
May 6, 2009, 11am PDT
This slide show includes pictures of unorthodox bus stops all over the world, including Yellowstone National Park, Estonia, Japan and Brazil.
January 24, 2009, 5am PST
Street furniture is a critical part of the urban makeup in cities. New developments in the Middle East are beginning to recognize its importance.
August 10, 2008, 9am PDT
Solar sculptures light up at night to take the place of energy-intensive streetlights.
July 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Seattle is closing the lid on a disappointing experiment with public toilets after spending $5 million dollars to install them. Cities from Boston to San Francisco have had mixed results with automated toilets, The New York Times reports.</p>