The entire outdoor space does not consist only of architectural buildings, landscaping, but also small architecture, which gives character and meaning to the whole environment.
what is small architecture?
The architectural space that surrounds us is not only large masses, but the unique character is given by small elements that often seem so natural to us that we take their presence for granted and sometimes do not pay attention to them. These small details make the space more functional and welcoming. These are small architectural accents such as: benches, trash garbage cans, bicycle racks, flower pots, barriers, or yet other elements that fit into the city space and create its unique character.
how to select urban furniture?
City furniture should be closely related to the function it should perform. Other seats or footstools will be used in parks, or places where you can sit down for a longer period of time, rest, and others, for example: at bus stops, or in other commercial space, where we sit down for a short while, or stop for a moment to wait for someone. Such squats are perfect for bus stops, or are suitable for the elderly, for whom getting up from a sitting position is no longer easy or convenient.
Does small architecture have an impact on the ecology of the city?
Small architecture elements not only shape the design side of the space we live in. They also encourage relaxation in the city. Unique flower pots or solutions for green spaces together with benches, cloths create spaces that are exceptionally attractive and functional. The fast pace of life makes us lack time, for a longer trip outside the city. Thanks to green spaces and small architecture, at least for a while we have the opportunity to be close to nature, for example: in parks, to reset and gain strength for further work.
However, small architecture can also create smart city, i.e. cities where, thanks to modern technology, we take care of the environment in which we function. An example of this is trash garbage cans with built-in sensors that report how full they are. This causes the garbage truck to come only when necessary, and thus emits less fumes into the environment.
Solar panels, which power USB outlets where electrical devices can be charged, are also an interesting application.
Green areas in cities not only have a soothing effect on the functioning of residents and provide additional oxygen, but can also regulate the urban ecosystem. The latest developments show how significant the use of green roofs and retention roofs can be.
There are a number of ways in which green roofs can be used in cities.
It is only up to the imagination of architects to decide what the spaces in question will look like. After all, only the attractiveness of the common space will determine whether people will want to stay in these places? Will they be places of meeting and respite, where social relations are strengthened?"
They will be a place to meet and respite, where social relations are strengthened.