The quality of street furniture is an important indicator of the health of a city. The litter bin can sometimes be as unsightly as the litter itself. Benches and bollards can be a source of delight or dismay, depending on the care with which they have been designed, and maintained.

The Foster studio has developed, for the French firm JC Decaux a number of different items, including a bus shelter system based on two structural poles and glass panels; an updated version of the Colonne Morris - a rotating advertising drum with an elliptical attachment incorporating grit bins, benches, lavatories, a roof canopy and electronic information systems; and a city boundary sign.

These have now been installed worldwide in cities as far apart as New York and Bordeaux. One thousand bus shelters have already been installed in Paris.

www.jcdecaux.co.uk

Sketches + Drawings

Facts + Figures

  • Appointment: 1990
  • Client: JC Decaux