Space for improvement
Space in our cities is often at a premium, meaning it can be difficult to develop new areas to improve local communities. But neglected spots under motorways and between main roads could be used to transform urban areas into something more “human-friendly” and change how we use and interact with our built environment.
An article on architecture website archdaily.com reveals how these spaces have been transformed into public parks, event spaces and sheltered public transport hubs. It highlights how an abandoned tramway in Turin, Italy, was transformed into a colourful park with green spaces and benches. And murals and artworks have been used to make the underside of bridges in the US into interesting places for people to explore.
It says: “These spaces can be readapted from car-dominant sculptures into more human-friendly places and re-integrated as extended schemes of the city’s architecture.”