Times Square Installs ‘Anti-Terror’ Bench Designs That Block Dangerous Vehicles
By Yimin Huang, 24 May 2019
New York designer Joe Doucet has an invention that could help to protect the crowded area from terrorists: a 3D-printed concrete bench called ‘Rely’ that acts as a barrier to weaponized vehicles.
The design consists of 3D-printed concrete benches that weigh over a ton and are linked to each other with steel rods. This is so that if a vehicle hits the seats, they remain attached but shift to form a barrier blocking the vehicle from escape.
As the seats appear to blend into the landscape, they can function as a discreet structure of protection, safeguarding pedestrians from both possible terror attacks by vehicles as well as normal car accidents.
The benches were displayed at this year’s NYCxDesign festival, which also showcased a self-sustaining micro-home shaped like an egg.
Doucet reveals in an interview with Dezeen that traditionally, barriers meant to block weaponized vehicles are usually very intrusive and stick out from their surroundings.
In contrast, ‘Rely’ exudes beauty and comfort, enhancing the landscape during peaceful times rather than looking menacing.
The resulting bench was a combined effort between Doucet and UrbaStyle. The manufacturing technique whereby each component is extruded digitally has never been applied to concrete before this, the designer reveals.
Perhaps with more designs such as this one, potential lives can be saved without sacrificing aesthetics.
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Our new Rely Public Safety Seating is installed and ready for abuse at Times Square. Thank you Victoria Milne, Times Square Alliance and Bart Laroy from Concentrics for making this happen. And to @shvetaberry and crew from @autodesk for their contribution to the new technology.
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[via Dezeen, cover image via Songquan Deng / Shutterstock.com]
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