29 Oct Brightening Up the Urban Environment
Street furniture at the simplest level, and one we all are familiar with, is the park bench. This need not be in an actual park, but can be found in urban areas, especially pedestrian areas. The idea is simple; it allows weary shoppers and travellers to sit a moment and be relieved of their burden of shopping bags and what not. However, street furniture can be more than just a bench. It can in fact be many things.
The litter bins that adorn our streets can be considered street furniture as well. They are there for people to deposit their litter and keep the streets clean, and increasingly they are produced in attractive, bright colours so that they also look pleasing to the eye. In this way they become something more than a practical item for keeping the area tidy. They take on the duties of an item that makes the area a better place to be in.
This is true of all other items of street furniture. Our street lighting is erected on towering columns that sweep majestically in over the street area to not only light it up, but to become a pleasing design. Telephone boxes are designed for their practical use, but also to blend in with the other elements where they are sited. Traffic lights too serve not only a necessary function, but also a part of the overall look of the area they can be found in.
Some of our street furniture is very familiar. It has been around for a very long time, and while designs may have changed over the years, the basic item remains the same. Included in this list are items like a bus stop and bus shelter, letter boxes and traffic barriers. More modern examples of street furniture include such items as ATM machines at banks.
Street furniture can take many forms, even public toilet facilities can be considered in this category. Traffic signs are also a type of street furniture, as well as billboard adverts and traffic barriers. If you think of a typical busy urban street, and think also of the many bits and pieces located in various places that inform or assist us, they are all, with few exceptions, examples of street furniture.