Inspired by Ore Design + Technology’s milk crate planters, these planters add some greenery to the top of a barrier and double as seats. The Jackson Heights team donated and assembled thirty planters for businesses that were unable or too daunted to apply for street seating. Lightweight and modular, they help activate storefronts and sidewalks while following social distancing protocols. Nuala O’Doherty and the Jackson Heights Beautification Group improved upon the planters, adding cardboard to the inside of the root barrier fabric liners, to retain water for longer.
Community partner: 82nd Street Partnership
Neighborhood: Jackson Heights, Queens
Coordinating firm: SO-IL and LTL
Supporting firms: ARO; Design Advocates (Frederick Tang Architecture, Kalos Eidos, Office of Tangible Space, Some People Studio, Studio Fōr, Worrell/Yeung); MOS; nARCHITECTS; VHB