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LOOK: NYC Unveils Haute Scaffolding

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - 05:10 PM

(photo by Samantha Modell)

It's called the Urban Umbrella (PDF of design), and it won the urbanSHED International Design Competition hosted by New York City to find a, well, less unsightly scaffolding.

With more than 6,000 construction sites in the city using sidewalk sheds to cover more than 1,000,000 linear feet of walkways, there's a lot of eyesore removal to to turn all those painted plywood rafters into something out of Belle Époque Paris.

The winning entry the Urban Umbrella pictured above, was designed by Young-Hwan Choi, a 28-year-old student from the University of Pennsylvania.

The prototype is under construction now to be installed in Lower Manhattan soon.

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Comments [1]

Eva

Can this haute scaffolding possibly have the same functionality as the painted plywood eyesores, which have a level for workers and heavy equipment to maneuver on? The clear surface is beautiful, but will it hold up all the things we don't want falling on our heads?

Dec. 08 2011 04:01 PM

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