Urban Planet: Urban Umbrella

Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

Earlier this year, we reported on the urban umbrella: an elegant structure to replace traditional scaffolding. While the design created by architecture and engineering firm Agencie received lots of attention and praise at launch, it hasn’t yet caught on because of its higher price. This is particular unfortunate for ground floor retailers who lose roughly 1/3 of foot traffic when traditional scaffolding is erected. That said, Spacing has heard rumours that the urban umbrella is coming to a Toronto construction site at a local university. (Globe and Mail)

Image from Globe and Mail

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