Right now, transitional measures are being implemented in a lot of cities with the aim being to revisit the spatial distribution of the road system in line with the social trends accelerated by the Covid pandemic.
By means of surface graphics, the existing space is being redistributed: less space for moving and parked vehicles and more space for pedestrians, cyclists, and scooters.
The next level will go beyond mere cosmetic adaptations to these valuable spaces, incorporating radical structural interventions in line with the new circumstances: sidewalks and roads as we know them will no longer exist.
Instead, the opportunity arises for a complete reformation of the surfaces between buildings, which will change the cityscape of the future fundamentally. In a design study, the architects at 3deluxe are attempting to present these new possibilities using the example of Times Square.
3deluxe's experiences in Lithuania
The V-Plaza project in Lithuania, the brainchild of 3deluxe that was inaugurated this year, demonstrates possible forms this can take.
The completion and opening of the plaza took place in the midst of the Covid pandemic in early summer, 2020.
The open design of the square, with interwoven zones for relaxation, communication and play, as well as areas for ways of getting around like bicycles, scooters, skates and skateboards, has been extremely well received by the local inhabitants – over the summer the plaza swiftly evolved into a vibrant, public living space for the city.