Smart Bench

Off-grid, emission free (in the relevant sense) and fostering communication – is this the ultimate smart bench? In a BBC radio programme Reimaging the City (2016), Colm Tóibín describes how the (relatively recently migrated) Pakistani community makes use of seats along the Rambla del Raval in Barcelona. If a person finds themselves lonely or in distress, all they have to do is to is to sit on one of the benches, and soon enough another remember of the community will turn up and sit down to talk with them. Smart – without as much a single USB charging point.