[City places] : Former phone boxes uses

Public phone boxes will disappear… Following the official statement in France some proposed converted uses. Read more here (Fr)
Among nice or weird ideas, we retain those suggestions – having in mind the strategic situation of former phone boxes :
– The book box : they already exist are sometimes on “pop up” version but always too discrete, almost hidden
– Connected point : could avoid the (re)invention of connected street furniture
Our suggestions :
– Delivery box : for those joined on to a wall to minimize security issues
– To keep some running… if lost, forgotten, not taken, flat battery …/… cell phones

Source :
– “Le Sénat vote la fin des cabines téléphoniques : choississons les meilleures idées pour les reconvertir” – Les Lumières de la ville – 21 avril 2015



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Guillaume Sadoux & Valérie Gourgues

Sources photos BIV

[High streets etc…] : “Saint-Gilles, Brussels” – MONOCLE

Monocle # 64 – June 2013 –  here

Very instructive snapshot on this part of Brussels. Helpful also to  resume typical retail  features l in the whole city :
– A lot of individual houses : difficult to integrate shops except blocking the entire building
– Many green spaces and parks
– Low urban density : surprising spacious places for retail or housing
– Very few food markets : 1 (sometimes 2) by commune
Conclusion : many opportunities for “destination” and innovative retail