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City Living Gets Easier For Us With These Genius Creations And Installations


What a time to be alive! In the modern era, technology has seamlessly blended into humanity’s reality thanks to some innovative minds. As much as people don’t always recognize the contributions to citizens’ betterment, many others have come to enjoy these inventions daily. Some of these creations are seen on the streets and in public for everyone to use. The city, for instance, is a busy place where these masterpieces are seen, proving that the future is here and that these devices have been a massive part of civilization. The following genius innovations were found in different cities and addressed common problems in the urban setting, such as the lack of space, greenery, and socialization. Find out the various out-of-this-world installations that will make anyone’s city life more comfortable.

The Tree Nobody Thought They Needed

Here’s a cool iteration of the good old tree. Just like the real deal, this solar-powered masterpiece provides shade from the sweltering heat. The leaves are also strategically positioned solar panels that give power to the USB ports on the trunk and lights on the branches.

Using this tree could help address the carbon footprint or the total amount of carbon dioxide a person uses that contributes to greenhouse gases, which then cause global warming. Apart from this, other causes of climate change include the use of coal and cars as well as deforestation.

Musicians’ Haven

The installation may be reminiscent of the bones of gigantic ancient animals in museums. Still, this strange-looking creation is actually a huge help for musicians looking to showcase their talent on the busy avenues of the city. Instead of bringing heavy amplifiers, this design does just that!

This was set up in San Francisco as part of the Living Innovation Zones campaign that aimed to transform dull public spaces into areas that would pique the curiosity of passersby. Grammy-winner Ed Sheeran, known for his hit Thinking Out Loud, used to perform on the streets, so you never know when artists might be discovered here!

Van Gogh’s Path To Sustainability

Biking is not just a great way to burn calories; it’s also a sustainable mode of transportation. The cost-friendly means would only need one to expend energy to travel, and a great part is that it doesn’t harm Mother Nature. However, one of the biggest caveats is that it’s hard to do this at night.

In 2014, designer Daan Roosegaarde opened this bicycle path in the Netherlands, inspired by Van Gogh’s famed artwork, Starry Night. To make it more sustainable, the genius behind the road masterpiece used stones that absorb energy from sunlight and glow at night, providing an illuminated path for bikers.

There’s No More Reason Not To Follow Pedestrian Rules Now

In Suzhou City in China, there’s no more reason to cross the street and ignore the lights because smart crossing lights have been installed on pedestrian lanes. These are synced with the traffic lights and serve as additional guides for walkers, especially at night.

This should be adopted in every city because the statistics of pedestrian fatalities are no joke. As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,205 pedestrians were killed in 2019 alone. One of the ways to avoid accidents on the road is by following basic traffic rules.

No More Wet Pants

It’s fun to head to the nearest park early in the morning to appreciate nature, but surely anyone’s day would be ruined upon sitting on a bench covered with dew. While some public benches are protected from the sun and rain with custom roofs, many are not.

This bench, made by South Korean, Sung Woo, is a genius solution. The lever on the side enables the visitor to find the dry part of the seat by simply turning the handle. The designer hoped his creation would also spark communication among parkgoers.

Blind Date?

While a wall doesn’t really look interesting, placing it in the middle of the busy city might pique curiosity. Three designers thought that one of the biggest issues in this fast-paced world is the lack of interaction, and this, called MeetWall, aimed to address that.

As people approach the wall and start looking at it, the panels open to enable viewers to get a glimpse of those on the other side. Kinetic sensors detect movements. This is a great chance to meet new friends in a busy city where having a conversation could otherwise prove to be a task.

It’s Not An Uphill Battle Anymore

Biking uphill can get too tiring almost instantly, especially for non-professional riders. If one uses the leg muscles for a long while, it could result in lactic acid buildup, causing unbearable pain. Luckily, Norway has thought of a better way to help its residents with bike escalators.

The impressive contraption, which entails the biker putting one foot on a step that pushes them up the hill, was first installed in 1993 and had become a tourist attraction. In 2012, it was removed and replaced with the CycloCable, a modern version that adhered to safety protocols.

Is This Stall Taken?

It’s awkward to enter a universal restroom and try every stall door if unsure which ones are free. Anyone would be annoyed that someone is disturbing their peace as they answer the call of nature. Well, not if lights like these in the photo are installed.

People may have seen similar things in parking lots. However, occupancy sensor lights are apparently helpful in restrooms too. Green means that the door is free to use, while red means someone’s using it. As simple as this solution may sound, it avoids the hassle of checking each stall.

Picnic In The 21st Century

Who says being outdoors means leaving gadgets behind? In the modern era, most likely, people will bring their devices even on camping excursions and picnics in the city. The solution to that is solar-powered tables that store energy from the sun without hurting the environment.

This is also ideal for students and employees whose gadgets have run out of juice. Science has found that solar energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. So just imagine how everyone can help preserve Mother Nature with this technology.

Take A Breather In The City

In a city where space is limited, it can be hard to score an apartment with a balcony. Despite the bustling streets, everyone still wants to get a good view of the skyline and a breath of fresh air. A window that magically turns into a balcony is a good solution to that.

This window can transform into a balcony by just opening the panels, and the good news is that it won’t take up space and is relatively aesthetically pleasing. Plus, with the global temperature rising (2020 was recorded as the warmest since 1880), it’s fun to let the breeze come in.

Real-Life Baymax Has Been Found

Everything is automated these days. Even in healthcare facilities, innovators are thinking of ways to make processes seamless and efficient for their patrons. This adorable robot, which looks a bit like Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero Six, exactly does that.

Introduced in 2015 by Panasonic at Changi General Hospital, the autonomous assistant delivers and handles specimens and medicines anywhere in the hospital with little to no supervision. The main caveat is that it replaces several workers in the medical sector.

Nature In A Concrete Jungle

At first glance, this may seem like an oddly shaped landscape in the middle of the city. But upon closer look, it’s actually a bench! The urban life may be about skyscrapers and cars, but who says nature can’t be included for balance and contrast?

Because plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, this is a great way to help promote clean air in an otherwise congested city. This is a must in China and India, the countries listed with the most polluted cities in 2020 by IQair.com.

No Pain, No Power

Conservation of energy can be as simple as turning off lights and appliances when not in use. Unfortunately, not everyone is up to consuming less to contribute to making fewer greenhouse gas emissions, but there’s a solution to that: gym equipment that produces electricity.

Talk about hitting two birds with one stone; not only do these machines make people fit, but they also produce sustainable energy. Called the Green Energy Gym, it was installed in Sir George Monoux College in 2013 for students to use. However, there have been many sets launched in other countries since 2007.

Great Way To Beat The Road Heat

In June 2020, South Korea issued an advisory on heatwaves, and they combatted the sweltering heat by spraying water on pavements through reflectors. It’s an ingenious idea to avoid mirages, illusions brought about by the refraction of light, producing a distorted image.

More than this, these road reflectors could spray saline water to help drivers during winter. This works because salt can melt ice because of the solution’s lower freezing point. Another answer to ice-covered roads is putting a layer of sand, which makes it easier to avoid slipping.

Who Says Waiting Is Boring?

Who says adults can’t enjoy life as much as kids? Everybody can have fun while waiting for a bus just by swinging. This doesn’t only kill time but also prevents passengers from getting impatient. This invention is said to be found in Russia, but every city should have this.

In a way, this activity could help people relieve stress for a short while. Swinging frees the mind from work and other problems. Plus, the activity aids in keeping the body in shape as it requires balance, coordination, and strength to use the contraption.

Every Space Counts!

One of the biggest issues in an urban setting is the lack of space. With the booming population, it’s tough to thrive in a crowded city. In some areas, however, parklets have become nothing short of a savior because these maximize spaces for the benefit of residents.

In Shawnee City, Oklahoma, a policy permitting the use of parking spaces as public spaces where citizens could interact was approved a few years ago. Among those seen in these areas are benches, plants, tables, and umbrellas that would be free for use by anyone.

Accessibility Is Top Priority

Not every city is accessible for those with special needs. This device in the photo can particularly help the visually impaired by giving oral instructions regarding the traffic and their location. The brain behind the responsive street furniture is Ross Atkin.

Apart from the audio information, he also proposed automated streetlights that get brighter when sensing a passerby. These devices could help revolutionize accessibility for the differently-abled and lessen their need for other aides. All they would need to do is to download an app.

Falcon Ship’s Parking

During the Christmas season and Black Friday, it’s not only sales that bring people stress. It’s also the endless search for parking space near malls and shopping centers. In a 2018 Easytrip study, it was found that parking stress occurs in one in three drivers in Ireland.

This parking lot in San Francisco, California, aims to address that. The circle-shaped area provides spaces with ‘breathable’ spots that give drivers ample room to maneuver. There are specially designated lanes to avoid car accidents, which may lead to road rage.

Gaming WIth A Stranger At The Next Level

Crossing the street and waiting for the light can feel like it takes forever. What’s worse is that anyone can feel awkward staring at strangers on the other side of the road. Students from Germany thought that it was better to kill time and gain new friends through ActiWait.

It’s straightforward: one person uses this device attached to the pole and plays a game with a stranger from the other side of the street where another gadget is located. Students thought of the idea while waiting for the light to turn green and figured people needed more socialization.

Parking Woes Are A Thing Of The Past

Parking buildings tend to be dark and confusing, no thanks to the many arrows and signs. Plus, it’s a hassle to go around in circles without knowing where the vacant slots are. Good thing that there’s a way to find available ones through ultrasonic sensors.

The information gathered by the sensor will be directly sent to a system that monitors vacancies, making it easier for drivers to find a spot. This could also prevent a parking fight (it’s a real thing!), just like what happened in 2020 in Walmart, Davie after a woman was waiting for a spot to free up.

No More Overflowing Trash Bins!

Everything has become smart, that is, infused with technology. In South Korea, garbage bins, for instance, have been revamped as a slap to litterbugs. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of a few individuals, there will always be hard-headed ones who’ll throw their trash anywhere.

A company addressed this with these high-tech containers that compress contents, enabling them to store more. Plus, there’s no overflowing because these bins will notify city collectors once full. More importantly, they rely on solar energy to operate, making them eco-friendly.

Green Benches Are The New In

While solar panels are now standard in houses of green-conscious individuals, they aren’t usually embedded into public furniture like benches. But in recent years, there have been smart benches in cities, which get their energy from the sun and enable people to charge their phones or use wi-fi while out.

More interestingly, this bench is vandalism-resistant and can power up electric scooters as well. For such a long time, cities have been trying to address vandalism and graffiti on public property. Sadly, in February 2021, an artist’s granite bench was destroyed in Lapeer, Michigan, by unknown suspects.

Diamond Beanstalks, Anyone?

Anything that promotes environmental sustainability is worth adding to an already dense city. Some may argue that this light installation will look unpleasant in the morning, but that’s not the case. Ross Lovegrove’s creation looks like tall beanstalks in daylight and a beautiful neon plant at night.

More impressively, cities will save money in the long run as the lights store energy from sunlight and boast artificial intelligence that automatically turns light on or off depending on the time of the day. It also balances the brightness of the light depending on natural conditions.

Thumbelina’s Own Magical Street Light

Anyone would feel like Thumbelina when walking below these gorgeous creations. Upon closer look, these are street light installations, beautifully designed to appear like red flowers that could instantly liven up a dull area. This was what the government of Jerusalem did in Vallero Square.

What’s more impressive about these motion-detecting masterpieces is that they ‘bloom’ whenever someone walks beneath, meaning they deflate when there’s nobody around. This also means that the giant creations, called Warde by the HQ Architects, give shade during the daytime, so what’s not to love about strolling in the busy area?

Floating Chairs In The Office For The Win!

Many people don’t like going to the office because of the environment—not only because of toxic coworkers but also because of the unstimulating setup. It’s nice to have a fun place to develop connections with workmates, such as the one in the photo. Those spherical suspended chairs seem like a nice place to relax, too!

It’s important to ease one’s mind at work, lest one suffer burnout. A 2019 Gallup study found that only 15 percent of employees were engaging at the workplace while the remaining 85 percent were unhappy. Apart from the office, other factors that could have affected this are the commute, salary, and the boss.

Bike Racks On The Metro Are Heaven-Sent

It’s not forbidden to bring bikes on the metro, and passengers can even board buses. However, it’s widely understood that many rules surround this, including not being allowed on crowded coaches. If anyone is in a hurry during rush hour and happens to have a bicycle, this could be a problem.

Luckily, some trains and buses have bike racks attached in front of them, making it possible for commuters to travel comfortably. However, cyclists are responsible for loading and retrieving their belongings from the stand and must inform the operator beforehand.

Free Juice For Everyone

There’s a proliferation of charging hubs in almost every street in the city these days, including the one in the image. Dubbed Soofa, or smart urban furniture appliance, this red bench features a solar panel station that lets travelers charge their gadgets for free.

More importantly, this smart bench records important information like foot traffic, temperature, and air quality that can be used for research toward a sustainable future. The creators wanted to make renewable energy more accessible since humans are mostly only aware of solar panels only being on roofs.

What A Way To Encourage Reading

Bus travel is never boring in Germany—at least if the passenger is a bookworm! This is because buses have mini-libraries that offer unique but educational entertainment for their riders. But what happens if the guests can’t finish the title they picked during the journey?

Germany’s transport company, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH, reportedly allows voracious readers to take the books home if they want to. Once done, they can return it to the bus bookshelf or send it to VHH’s provider of literary pieces. This program encourages reading, which has been found to reduce stress and improve vocabulary.

Blooming Amid The Chaos

When closed, these bright installations look like eggs that popped out on the side of the road. In reality, these turn into tulip-shaped chairs when opened and can be used by tired passersby. Marco Manders, the Dutch designer who created the pieces, was inspired by the rainy weather of the Netherlands.

He was fed up that he couldn’t find a dry seat during the wet season, so he thought of a chair that could be closed when it’s pouring. In 2015, these orange pods were gifted to Toronto by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to celebrate the Liberation of the Netherlands anniversary.

Goodbye, Parking Nicks & Dents

Although it’s pretty unclear how a net and a pool noodle could stop all other cars from scratching another parked vehicle, this hanging innovation can certainly teach a thing or two about parking within the lines. This, in the long run, can avoid scratches and will save up space.

This protector ensures that the car parked beside will not damage any vehicle. Situated in each parking space, this design makes cities more bearable, knowing the ride is safely tucked away out of harm while working. This also avoids the hassle of claiming car coverage.

Swing And Rest In The Middle Of The City

While benches and parklets are ideal for many on-the-go city gals and guys, people really can’t sleep and relax comfortably in this urban furniture. In Denmark, these public seating elements are a great alternative as they can be used as a hammock, chair, or a swing.

Called Off-Ground, these things are eco-friendly and sustainable as the creators, architects Gitte Nygaard and Jair Strashsnow, used old firehose for the seats. More than this, they wanted to incorporate playfulness and accessibility in urban spaces without forgetting about comfort.

Always Remember The Floor

It’s not as advanced as the other masterpieces on this list, but this massive elevator reminder is an easy way for guests to remember which floor they were on. The huge signs may not be aesthetically pleasing, but they can also aid drivers in knowing where they parked.

A multi-level car park can be confusing, so this simple hack would certainly prevent drivers from forgetting where their vehicles are located. If this doesn’t help, it’s advisable to take photos of the slot number and color of the space or write down the information.

Tourists’ Best Friend

For tourists in a foreign country, it can be difficult to navigate the city without asking for directions, which, in itself, could become problematic. Because of the language barrier, getting a concrete answer may be more time-consuming than Googling the location.

This prototype addresses that issue because it’s not just a simple bus stop; the GPS waiting area also has interactive maps to help visitors find their destination. In 2014, seemingly similar tech debuted in London but only provided the exact whereabouts of a bus.

Trendy Headgear In A Fashionable Town

Although the sun provides vitamin D, it also emits harmful rays that could cause premature aging, skin damage, and sunburn. This is why it’s better to avoid sun exposure if you don’t have protection. But what about enjoying the outdoors? In France, they have huge hats that provide shade to passersby.

This gigantic colorful headgear is great for visitors wishing to relax by the waterfront without compromising their skin health. More importantly, it became Marseille’s attraction as well as a center for socialization. Now, guests won’t even have to worry about bringing an parasol or umbrella!

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Although Elon Musk’s Tesla arguably popularized electric vehicles, there have long been talks about the more eco-friendly alternative to fuel-powered cars. One of the biggest issues about these sustainable rides is their range and the power they would require to run for a long distance.

Electric vehicles rely on charging stations, just like this one. It was said that it could also generate power for appliances. In the upcoming years, there will be an increase in the production of these rides in the United States because there has been a recent proposal of a $174-billion funding for the manufacture thereof.

No Dead Battery Here

These days, one of the worst nightmares of millennials is seeing their phone’s battery on one percent. In the United States, drained gadgets became a massive issue after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 wreaked havoc, but it inspired AT&T to install charging stations for mobile phones and tablets.

Years later, experts noted that free changing hubs could be dangerous, too. They cautioned that this could lead to hackers accessing vital information, dubbed juice jacking, on the phone, and depending on what’s on the gadget, this could endanger the owner.

Ride A Bike, Save Mother Nature

As per research, city congestion is a huge stressor for commuters. On top of the long wasted hours, travelers must endure the mental, financial, and physical impacts. This is why biking to the destination will not only help people but will also help save Mother Earth.

Just like this service, commuters can rent a bike for a small fee without the hassle of sitting with strangers or waiting for the traffic to move. As per the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy’s 2015 study, there would be an estimated 11% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 if there were a significant increase in cyclists.

Space-Saving Shed

Brands are getting more creative these days as they find ways to advertise subtly yet effectively. Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather thought of the clever idea to turn billboards into public furniture, which also acts as a waiting area that can protect people from the rain and sun.

Getting drenched in the rain could lead to respiratory illnesses like colds or coughs, so this brainchild is definitely a must-have for every city. Importantly, this doesn’t take up space because the only thing sticking out of the plastered billboard is the ‘roof’ that provides the shade.

The Future Of Comfortable Benches

As per research, Americans tend to splurge on the living room sofa, probably explaining why they also love lounging around at parks. However, typical benches can be uncomfortable for the back and may lead to a numb posterior. What better way to hang out with friends in a shared public space than with furniture like this?

It also wouldn’t be surprising if parkgoers slept on these benches, too. However, not all parks allow guests to camp or doze off, while some will require a permit to do these activities in the protected areas. Nonetheless, these pieces of furniture blend in well with the plants and trees.

Here Comes Carefree Living

The city can get overwhelming at times, and there are moments when people just want to lay down where they are to rest. These nets would undoubtedly do the trick for anyone who can’t wait to go home and relax. These nets seem better than hammocks because groups can utilize them at the same time.

City life can get so hectic, so this is an effective way to take a breather outdoors. One could even sleep and read a book under the sun or kill time just by lounging around. Sun exposure is also effective for catching vitamin D, which is essential for calcium absorption.

Smart Bench That’s Also A Bodyguard

This futuristic city smart bench provides power to gadgets for free. Just like many new millennium innovations, it gets its energy from the sun, so it is usually found in areas that are directly hit by sunlight. It also acts as a CCTV, so it fosters a safer environment for pedestrians.

This Croatian-created smart bench also acts as a night light because of its 19-inch LED screen, which can also preview important public announcements or ads, generating income for the city. Tourists may have come across this creation in Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, and Slovakia.

Real-Life Minecraft

Because space is one of the cities’ pressing problems, it is challenging for creatives to think of ways to maximize public areas. Called The Pop-Up, the retractable furniture could spring out of the pavement by a pump system that kids can also operate. More than this, it is up to the people who use how low or high the tables should be.

This means that it could also be used as a bench, depending on the person’s preference. The only downside to this is that users must first sanitize the boards if they intend to use them as a table for lunch. Rogier Martens and Carmela Bogman were the brains behind this creation installed in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Next-Level Walking Session

Want to get back in shape? Walk. Arizona native Pat Brocco lost at least 300 pounds just by eating healthily and strolling. It’s no secret that diminishing calorie intake would lead to weight loss, and the stairs in the photo should inspire anyone to skip the elevator.

This is a unique way for a city to encourage its citizens to walk and take stairs instead of escalators. This is found in Japan but has been copied in many parts of the world and is a great reminder for subway takers that each step is a step closer to their fitness goals.

Passengers’ Very Own Assistant

When Google launched Google Home, the artificial intelligence-operated speaker that assists owners at home, they introduced the service to a bus stop in Chicago. While waiting for their ride, commuters could interact with the screen and give orders.

Passengers could ask the screen to play a specific song or inquire about the weather and many other things that Google Home can do. This product was said to compete with the Amazon Echo and is a vehicle for the assistant, also found in Android phones.

The Easy Way Out

No, this is not a water park, instead, it’s a mall with a functional slide. Who says the kids and the young-at-heart can’t have a little fun during outings? Shopping for hours would surely lead to swollen feet, and a better way to get to the ground floor is by taking the slide.

Of course, elevators and escalators are available, but if shoppers feel a bit brave, they could save time by sliding down. In 2016, a mall in Shanghai, China had installed a five-story slide that takes guests from the top to the ground level in just 16 seconds.