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BENCH - HAY BALE

BENCH - CINDER BLOCK + WOOD

Typical Dimensions: Common sized at 14 in. high x 18 in. wide x either 36 in. or 48 in. long. Estimated Cost: $10 - $40 / unit Overview: Cheap and relatively easy to transport, hay bales can be used as barriers and / or as seats for temporary public spaces.

Typical Dimensions: Blocks typically sized at 16 in. long x 8 in. wide x 8 in. tall. Wood slats can be cut to desired size (shown here: 8 ft. slats of 2 in. x 4 in. board. Estimated Cost: $1.25 / block, $5 - $10 / board. Overview: Create simple and affordable benches using cinder blocks and wood.

F Demo (1 day - 1 month) Pilot (1 month - 1 year)

Interim (1 - 5 years)

Recommended Applications and Installation ɖBikeways: ɖ May be used to build a temporary barrier between vehicular travel lanes or a parking lane and the bike lane. Make sure to leave adequate space between hay bales for people exiting / accessing vehicles if used between a floating parking lane and the bike lane. ɖPedestrian ɖ Crossings: May be used to build temporary median island. Stack bales to create barrier in median area, leaving a flush passage for pedestrians to travel. ɖCurb ɖ Extensions / Plazas / Activated Alleys: Use as a barrier or place wherever seating is desired. ɖRoundabout: ɖ May be used to define and / or stage plants or other landscape elements within roundabout area. Tips and Considerations »» Delicate, will shed and fall apart within 1 - 3 days of use. »» Plan to have a broom on-site for cleaning. »» Where work gloves and long sleeves when transporting/handling to avoid itchy arms! Potential Sources »» Purchase from a hardware, feed, or gardening supply store. 60 · MATERIALS PALETTE · Street Furniture

F Demo (1 day - 1 month) Pilot (1 month - 1 year)

Interim (1 - 5 years)

Recommended Applications and Installation ɖCurb ɖ Extensions / Plazas / Activated Alleys: Use wood and cinder blocks to create a bench for seating in temporary public spaces, including parklets, block length or large corner curb extensions, or wherever additional seating is needed (ex: bus stops). You can paint the wood and cinder blocks and even add soil and plants inside cinder blocks to enhance visual appeal. Tips and Considerations »» Cinder blocks can be heavy, take caution in transporting. »» Place blocks every 4 ft. for bench length for stability. »» Due to low-cost, this bench type is commonly used for demonstration projects, but will last longer if need be. »» Materials can be reused for other projects. Potential Sources »» Borrow or reclaim cinder blocks and use recycled wood if possible. »» Supplies can be purchased from lumber yards and/or construction supply retailers.

Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design v.1.0  

The only materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanist demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. Funded by the James L. Knigh...

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