beauty + function = cool bikeracks

The New York City CITYRACKS Design Competition (sponsored by The Department of Transportation, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Google and Transportation Alternatives) applies design to basic function.  (Thanks to the SFBC newsletter for alerting me to this.)

This video lets you see the ten finalist bikerack designs, including interviews with some of the designers. 

I’m curious to see which one wins, since I’m assuming they need to consider production cost.  For example, the red sculptural “blob” is beautiful, but it looks expensive to make. 

What’s the right balance between beauty that’s inspiring–for people to ride and park their bikes with confidence–and sustainable–in terms of budget, maintenance, usability by many cyclists, and for the local community who share the space?

Which one do you like?

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