Urban furniture, being a specific project area related to the equipment - mobile or fixed - of the public space, has now become a subject of university study at the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering. Those who deal with urban furniture, take care of the design and problems of green areas, the lighting of the city, signs and any artifact intended for public space as a detail of the architectural and urban planning project. But street furniture was born together with the bourgeois city. If in ancient times the city simply existed, starting in the mid-1800s, it also begins to highlight its "status". Safety, hygiene, comfort and fun become features that the bourgeois urban agglomeration needs. The city is transformed into a shared space where decoration and taste cannot fail to give a reassuring and "good" air.
Across the world, some cities immediately stood out - and continue to do so - precisely because of their original street furniture. This thus becomes a fundamental part of the local identity and it is natural to associate some objects with the place where they are usually found. And the examples to cite are numerous, for example think of the entrances of the metro stations in Paris, or the red English telephone booths or even the American letter boxes. Nowadays the architects' work has been refined by the intervention of the designers who do not fail to give their touch of modernity and, why not, of functionality to all their projects. Even the new urban furnishings, therefore - as well as the historical ones - will leave residents and tourists speechless.
PARIS, THIS IS WHEN LA VILLE LUMIИRE WAS BORN
As mentioned a little while ago, the French capital, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, stands out for its very particular urban furniture. Apart from the entrances of the underground stations, typical such as that of Abesses in romantic Liberty style or that of Lamarck-Caulaincourt, which appears in the film "The fabulous world of Amelie", surrounded on both sides by a steep staircase, there are several urban furniture pieces that characterize Paris. Й in the city of the prefect Georges Eugene Haussmann that in 1852, the first distinctive elements of "mobilier urbain", or urban furniture, appeared. Here are the gas lampposts - les reverberes or lampadaires - which, lit with the "alumeur", illuminate the streets of the city by day even in full darkness. And here is also the nickname of Paris: "la ville lumiиre".
Even today the street lamps are a characteristic feature of the French capital: in cast iron, scattered in every corner of the city, they make their appearance in the most different models. But since 2007 Paris has also distinguished itself for its colossal bike sharing service, the "Velib" (velу and libertй), with numerous stations scattered throughout the city that count over 20 thousand ultra-modern design bicycles, which can be used by everyone.
Among the very modern urban furnishings of Paris there is, however, the Escale Numerique designed by the French Mathieu Lehanneur, a series of workstations that are slowly spreading in the city, and which are modern wi-fi points where tourists or citizens can access internet, using your tablet or smartphone. Each station consists of a space delimited by wooden pylons that support a flowered and planted canopy. Under this canopy there are swivel chairs with tables on which you can place your equipment and to complete the idea, there is also a large touch screen where you can find updated information on Paris.