We all need to be riding buses more, and as such, we need cooler places to wait. But broadly, the bus stop hasn’t changed a lot in about five decades. Krumbach, Austria — which has a population of about 1,000 — decided to try and change this, going out and getting world-famous architects to design seven bus shelters. Here’s an example:
Obviously this isn’t sustainable at this level — world-famous architects charge $$$, which cities by and large don’t have — but talk about a way to engage the civic population: have a contest challenging aspiring artists in your region to design a cool bus stop for under $500. The top 10 become 10 prominent bus stops. Suddenly, your city is re-branding! This could be our urban future.