This design exploration asks how existing pieces of real-world urban infrastructure – specifically, pay-and-display parking meters equipped with power, a network connection and a printer, such as NYC’s Muni Meters — might be reimagined as entry points to citizen responsiveness systems such as 311. This pivot brings the vital dialogue between citizens and municipal administrators to the one place where it is most immediately relevant and most readily acted upon – the sidewalk, here and now.
New York City’s 5,000-plus Muni-meters cost upwards of $8,000 a piece. City Tickets makes the most of the city’s existing investment while serving as a profoundly political and cultural statement of a city’s priorities: to recognize and include all users of the street, of all socio-economic groups, rather than to purely focus on drivers requiring parking.
Versions of City Tickets designed for Copenhagen and New York were featured in “Talk To Me” presented at New York’s Museum of Modern Art during the summer of 2011.