CityRacks Design Competition: NYC Working Towards a Greener Apple

By danielle

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We all know that New York is not exactly a bike-friendly city. Ironic, considering it’s one of the biggest metropolitans in the world and rather eco-conscious to boot. However, Mayor Bloomberg along with the NYC Department of Transportation is finally looking to change all that. In line with the Mayor’s PlaNYC and the DOT’s Sustainable Streets plan to cut carbon emissions by 30%, the city called upon artists, architects, engineers and industrial designers to design a new CityRack to promote greener modes of transportation (namely, cycling) – in New York City.

After hundreds of entries from 26 countries poured into the CityRacks Design Competition, the top ten finalists were honored on Tuesday night at a reception at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. From the metallic and understated to the colorful and abstract, bike racks of all colors, shapes and sizes adorned the courtyard as judges and guests came together to review the final designs. Jeff Miller and Andrea Ruggiero as well as FADarch were just a few of the New York design teams that made the cut.

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Photos courtesy of Monika Sosnowski.

For the next month, each prototype will be installed at two locations in the City to test their durability and functionality. Astor Place, PS1 and BAM are just a few of the locations where you can spot the final designs. The winning design will be announced October 24th and will be implemented as the new standard in bicycle parking throughout the City. It will also become the new icon for New York City cycling.

To read more about the competition and view ten finalists’ designs, visit the official CityRacks Design Competition site.

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