The evolution of public seating
When it comes to public seating, you may not think twice about how it has evolved over the years. But by looking at history, you can gather a general idea of where the subject is headed. From the days of very basic seating, public benches have evolved to become more welcoming and supportive of creating a community.
Public spaces have begun to embrace more inclusive and ergonomic seating designs. Erik Prince of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Stoss Landscape Urbanism, as well as Jane Hutton, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, believe that a shift in public furniture design may be indicative of larger-scale societal changes that are healthier and more inclusive.
Way back in the 14th century, benches were about half a meter wide, so people could not sleep on them. As time passed, benches were reflective of the popular influences in art. When Central Park was designed, the benches were built with attention to comfort and the art of free-form ergonomics took hold, attempting to create the ideal seat.
More recently there have been more instances of public benches focusing on the ideal alignment and overall health of the person seeking rest. The future of public seating may be more in tune with the natural alignment of the body. The new benches designed for the Harvard Campus, for example, offer a number of inter-changeable seating positions that all were mapped out prior to construction.
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