Tired of looking at a vacant lot that some investor is sitting on, waiting for the market to bounce back? How about filling it, temporarily, with a plastic iceberg? Crain's New York Business has a story ("Designer floats iceberg idea for stalled sites") and photo of the concept According to the item, international design firm Woods Bagot "has come up with a cool fix for the plethora of unsightly stalled building sites that dot the city's landscape." The firm is proposing filling each site with an "iceberg" -- a recyclable structure with angular, bright-wight strutures that resemble an iceberg, that "would serve as sort of architectural placeholders while developers struggle to regroup and restart their projects." The icebergs would be made of steel beams covered with a thin plastic film. The structures could be quickly removed when the construction project is ready to move ahead. Check the link to the Crain's NY story to see an illustration of the iceberg concept. Woods Bagot "has yet to build any icebergs, but it is in talks with several developers," the story says.
Plastic 'icebergs' disguise vacant lots
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