Snow and Design
SNOW. Is anyone else delighted and irritated by how it transforms your experience of the city? To celebrate what I just can’t change, here are a few ideas that combine snow and design in inspiring ways.
Matt Strange pointed me to the phenomenon of #sneckdown, the concept of using the snow patterns to determine opportunities for traffic calming. This Old City investigates how it can be applied to creating new public open spaces in South Philadelphia. Jon Geeting’s photographs say it all:
To get inspired by how snow itself could change the landscape of the city into an unforgettable playground, check out the winner of the Center for Outdoor Living Design’s COLD competition. Natalya Egon and Noel Turgeon of Second Hinterlands, propose ways to let snow make the city a better place for PLAY. And I like that.
If you’re into extreme, head up to Quebec to stay at the Hotel de Glace, a hotel rebuilt from snow and ice each year. The Hotel’s site has a virtual video of both exteriors and interiors, which include the Ice Chapel, Ice Bar, Jazz Suite, and my favorite, the Grand Slide. Wheee!