Two hundred years of american technology had unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential.
People rest and relax on public steps anyway, so why not give them a comfortable way to do so? Stair Squares, a concept by Mark Reigelman, are little blue tables that fit perfectly onto steps to offer little tables for eating and reading. The stairs were installed on the front steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall in the summer of 2007.

People rest and relax on public steps anyway, so why not give them a comfortable way to do so? Stair Squares, a concept by Mark Reigelman, are little blue tables that fit perfectly onto steps to offer little tables for eating and reading. The stairs were installed on the front steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall in the summer of 2007.

“Square has just put the word out that it is rolling out to 30 NY taxis today, but instead of the white scanners we’ve come to love, riders will be the first to lay their eyes on brand new, rather sexy hardware. As you can see in the picture, it’s quite gorgeous. Square replaced the annoying LCD with an iPad, letting you to pay while the trip is in progress. Plus, it even sends receipts right to your phone or email.”
(via Square Hits NY Taxis with Sexy Hardware)

Square has just put the word out that it is rolling out to 30 NY taxis today, but instead of the white scanners we’ve come to love, riders will be the first to lay their eyes on brand new, rather sexy hardware. As you can see in the picture, it’s quite gorgeous. Square replaced the annoying LCD with an iPad, letting you to pay while the trip is in progress. Plus, it even sends receipts right to your phone or email.”

(via Square Hits NY Taxis with Sexy Hardware)

The strongest impacts of an emergent technology are always unanticipated. You can’t know what people are going to do until they get their hands on it and start using it on a daily basis, using it to make a buck and u­sing it for criminal purposes and all the different things that people do. The people who invented pagers, for instance, never imagined that they would change the shape of urban drug dealing all over the world. But pagers so completely changed drug dealing that they ultimately resulted in pay phones being removed from cities as part of a strategy to prevent them from becoming illicit drug markets. We’re increasingly aware that our society is driven by these unpredictable uses we find for the products of our imagination.
There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.

"How is information technology shaping public space in today’s cities? What opportunities do new technologies offer to empower and activate citizens? And how can we hack these technological systems to do more for us? "

Adam Greenfield at Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin as part of Innovation Dublin 2011.