Instead of Plowing Cities, Let’s Create Winter Wonderlands

Househappy —  December 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

One idea depicts a jutting ridge drilled through with a pedestrian tunnel in Helsinki’s Senate Square.

Snow is great for skiing, snowball fights, building snowmen, and cabin getaways––not so great for city living. Regions with harsh winters and heavy snowfalls have had to master the art of shoveling, plowing, and hauling in order to keep things moving; and more often than not, the winter wonderland of our fantasies turns into one giant, and very cold, hassle.

Two designers from Chicago are looking to change this. Natalya Egon and Noel Turgeon have proposed that cities select protected “plow-free” areas to have municipal snow-hauling vehicles transfer their loads to these zones. Rather than shoving it aside and letting it melt, people and machines would use the snow to create a little bit of that idealistic winter wonderland––mini mountains to climb and ski, flat mesas for urban views, and rolling dunes of snow.

Ideas from the proposal include:

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Wandering glaciers in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park.

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A kite-patrolled field of mounds in Moscow’s Red Square to get youngsters interested in snowboarding.

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Heavy vehicles could help create alpine landscapes throughout a city’s rooftops and streets.

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More proposed ideas for various snow structures.

This article can be found in its original form on Atlantic Cities

Photos: Center for Outdoor Living Design and Natalya Egon

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