During COVID-19, NYC instituted an "open streets" program where select streets were closed to vehicles to provide additional outdoor public space. However, no other changes were made - the streets were empty, paved, and hot in the summer from the heat island effect.
Tree Rings is a series of modular furniture that provides seating and gathering spaces that wrap around trees to take advantage of their shade throughout the day. They can be connected in a variety of ways, and feature varying seating surfaces like finished wood, plastic, and fabric mesh.
Architecture, Furniture, Planning
A simple bench with wood slats and a metal frame.
Stadium seating with two levels provides space for gathering.
Mesh fabric wraped between the metal structure provides a soft surface to sit or lay on.
Mesh fabric wraped between the metal structure provides a soft surface to sit, lay, or climb on.