last week we installed the first prototype of Urban Umbrella, the winner of the urbanSHED International Design Competition, at 100 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. the new design is a great improvement to the current model, which had not been updated in 60 years. its features include the elimination of cross bracing, opening up the sidewalk and making businesses more visible, LED lighting panels that have a lifespan of 11 years and translucent overhead protective panels that allow for more natural light. the new design also is more resistant to falling debris, strong winds and car crashes. we hope that property owners embrace the new design and install it at their buildings. today, there are 6,000 sidewalk shed installed throughout the City. view pictures of the new design. learn more.
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