These New York Benches are Design-Friendly and Serve a Higher Purpose
The New York benches are a design attempt to stop acts of terror, as well as normal accidents. Placed in Times Square for the NYCxDesign festival, the seating subtly brings to light certain tensions that have been of interest in the last couple of years.
Joe Doucet’s design is unique because it seamlessly integrates itself into the visual character of the city. While people are welcomed to utilize the anti-terror seating, the New York benches have also the capacity to shield pedestrians from vehicle collisions and the like.