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50 Examples Of Helpful Architecture That Goes Above And Beyond

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

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2. Sympathetic Architecture

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3. It’s Not For People But It’s Still Friendly

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4. Parent + Child library carrel, so you can do your research and keep your little one occupied. Fairfield Library, Virginia, USA.

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5. Friendly on the eyes

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6. Pool and Water Slide, Egmont Højskolen (“Folk High School”), Western Denmark.

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7. Wheelchair friendly sandboxes, various

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8. Wildlife Overpass, Trans-Canada Highway, Banff National Park, Canada. The 38 passes and fencing have reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by more than 80%

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9. Homeless bench, Vancouver, Canada

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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

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11. Modskool – Design Museum winner for best architecture 2020, India

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12. Teetertotters Slotted Through the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello

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13. In Asia nobody has to worry about falling into the subway tracks.

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14. Hedgehog Highway (Dolly Parton called these out this week), UK

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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.

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16. Old City, Jerusalem added 4km of wheelchair-accessible routes in 2019 (and cleared it with UNESCO)

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17. The tiles around our apartment complex is made up like the enemies in Space Invaders, Sweden

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18. Cover for bicycle saddle so it doesn’t get wet when it rains

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19. A friendly urban cycle path in Girona

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20. Wall of Kindness, Norwich, Vermont, USA

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21. These two coin lockers that are easily accessible in a wheelchair, Austria

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22. Circular footbridge over roundabout, Shanghai

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23. This drinking fountain allows you to gill your bottle, and saves the extra water for passing dogs.

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24. These public benches are reversible, so you can choose to look at people, or boats.

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25. Bioswale, Seattle WA. (A channel to concentrate, clean and move stormwater)

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26. A bridge providing a bench in the fences in Shanghai

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27. Safe Haven Baby Boxes

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28. Good news for a change: friendly architecture [original source unknown: found on Bored Panda]

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29. This gate allowing horses and pedestrians not cars

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30. Crab migration bridge, Christmas Island, Australia

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31. This bus stop near my home in Norway

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32. Solar park bench with USB charging ports.

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33. This bench also works as a xylophone. Also, no dividers!

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34. The Fruit Bus Stops of Nagasaki Prefecture (designed to showcase the agricultural output of the region)

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35. Recessed “pause space” for those with ASD providing an opportunity to control the amount of incoming information, UK

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36. A bus stop with swings

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37. Super-accessible waterfront, Sirens Beach, Greece.

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38. Public defibrillation station, Adelaide, Australia

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39. Amphibian Tunnel, Cycle Highway of Eindhoven, Netherlands

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40. Wheelchair resting spot on a long hill. Also a bench in a pinch.

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41. Australian Wheelchair Swing!

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42. Giving back to pedestrians!

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43. Turtle Tunnels in Japan, protecting the turtles crossing train tracks and stopping trains from derailing due to turtles!!

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44. Mini door at child’s doctor’s office, neat idea!

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45. Bee Bricks: bricks with holes for solitary bees.

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46. Tiled patches in cracked pavement, Lyon, France (by Ememem)

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47. Earthships, passive solar earth shelters around the world

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48. Green Man+, a card & traffic light system to give people more time to cross at intersections, Singapore

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49. Wheelchair accessible gardening. Used for garden therapy, rehab, hospice. Developed in Douvres-la-Délivrande, France

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50. Trash cans for cyclists (Blikvanger), Netherlands

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h/t: BoredPanda