12 examples of urban design that ought to be in every city

When designers are called upon to make a public space more comfortable, useful or rational — that is, when designers serve people — it can sometimes lead to fantastic results. We hope they’ll never run out of ideas, and will continue to make the world a more wonderful place in which to live.

BrightSide.me has put together 12 examples of urban design which it would be cool to see in every city.

The public bench which is also a flower bed

© dis-section.com

The eco-friendly Wi-Fi hotspot

© Mathieu Lehanneur

The reflective garden fence which changes appearance depending on the season

© Alyson Shotz

The glow-in-the-dark bike path in this park

© Daan Roosegaarde

The pubic bench which you can turn over after it rains and sit on the dry underside

© pinterest.com

These designs for a bench, staircase ramp and rain shelter

© lostateminor.com

The bench which is also a table

© BD Barcelona Design

The fold-out chairs which look like tulips

© thestar.com

And the alternatives to benches — public hammocks!

© trendhunter.com

The bus stop with swings

© playgroundology.wordpress.com

These free public battery chargers for smartphones

© treehugger.com

Two uses in one: it’s both a bench and a tree guard

© pinterest.com