A lot of architecture, especially today, seems to have little to no humanity. That’s why I like the friendly architecture group so much.
These are 50 examples of architecture that goes above and beyond to help us all.
1. In case this counts: braille on the rail to describe the view
2. Sympathetic Architecture
3. It’s Not For People But It’s Still Friendly
4. Parent + Child library carrel, so you can do your research and keep your little one occupied. Fairfield Library, Virginia, USA.
5. Friendly on the eyes
6. Pool and Water Slide, Egmont Højskolen (“Folk High School”), Western Denmark.
7. Wheelchair friendly sandboxes, various
8. Wildlife Overpass, Trans-Canada Highway, Banff National Park, Canada. The 38 passes and fencing have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by more than 80%
9. Homeless bench, Vancouver, Canada
10. In Norway you get a small amount of money for recycling bottles/cans. They’re often collected by poor people, homeless etc. A lot of our trash cans has these holders around them so people don’t have to search through the trash to collect them
11. Modskool – Design Museum winner for best architecture 2020, India
12. Teetertotters Slotted Through the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
13. In Asia nobody has to worry about falling into the subway tracks.
14. Hedgehog Highway (Dolly Parton called these out this week), UK
15. this anti-climbing Fence on the” Suicide Bridge “(colloquially) in a small town England. there are also signs with suicide Hotlines on them. not a fun part of architecture but definitely helpful/saving lives.
16. Old City, Jerusalem added 4km of wheelchair-accessible routes in 2019 (and cleared it with UNESCO)
17. The tiles around our apartment complex is made up like the enemies in Space Invaders, Sweden
18. Cover for bicycle saddle so it doesn’t get wet when it rains
19. A friendly urban cycle path in Girona
20. Wall of Kindness, Norwich, Vermont, USA
21. These two coin lockers that are easily accessible in a wheelchair, Austria
22. Circular footbridge over roundabout, Shanghai
23. This drinking fountain allows you to gill your bottle, and saves the extra water for passing dogs.
24. These public benches are reversible, so you can choose to look at people, or boats.
25. Bioswale, Seattle WA. (A channel to concentrate, clean and move stormwater)
26. A bridge providing a bench in the fences in Shanghai
27. Safe Haven Baby Boxes
28. Good news for a change: friendly architecture [original source unknown: found on Bored Panda]
29. This gate allowing horses and pedestrians not cars
30. Crab migration bridge, Christmas Island, Australia
31. This bus stop near my home in Norway
32. Solar park bench with USB charging ports.
33. This bench also works as a xylophone. Also, no dividers!
34. The Fruit Bus Stops of Nagasaki Prefecture (designed to showcase the agricultural output of the region)
35. Recessed “pause space” for those with ASD providing an opportunity to control the amount of incoming information, UK
36. A bus stop with swings
37. Super-accessible waterfront, Sirens Beach, Greece.
38. Public defibrillation station, Adelaide, Australia
39. Amphibian Tunnel, Cycle Highway of Eindhoven, Netherlands
40. Wheelchair resting spot on a long hill. Also a bench in a pinch.
41. Australian Wheelchair Swing!
42. Giving back to pedestrians!
43. Turtle Tunnels in Japan, protecting the turtles crossing train tracks and stopping trains from derailing due to turtles!!
44. Mini door at child’s doctor’s office, neat idea!
45. Bee Bricks: bricks with holes for solitary bees.
46. Tiled patches in cracked pavement, Lyon, France (by Ememem)
47. Earthships, passive solar earth shelters around the world
48. Green Man+, a card & traffic light system to give people more time to cross at intersections, Singapore
49. Wheelchair accessible gardening. Used for garden therapy, rehab, hospice. Developed in Douvres-la-Délivrande, France
50. Trash cans for cyclists (Blikvanger), Netherlands