Pardon Our Appearance-Not Anymore
In renovation and remodeling construction, it always seems necessary to apologize for the inconvenience, the dust, the noise. PARDON OUR APPEARANCE. In New York City, the constant eyesore is the sidewalk bridge that is put up in order to do exterior restoration, Local Law 11, or other work requiring protection of the sidewalk and the pedestrians that use them.
In 2009, the city of New York held a design competition requesting proposals for an alternative to this eyesore. The winner: Urban Umbrella, a fantastic alternative to the horrible sidewalks you see everywhere today. Urban Umbrella is a collaboration between Young Choi with architect Andres Cortes and structural engineer Sarrah Khan from the New York based design firm Agencie Group. Although I would presume the costs to fabricate, install, rent, and dismantle this type of sidewalk/pedestrian protection is higher, Urban Umbrella does make some good points on the value added benefit of having this type of structure instead of the standard sidewalk bridge. Here are some exciting concept images:
As their website describes it: