Zebra Protects Pedestrians

Photo Angela Siever

A DIY answer to the question: how can pedestrians legally cross a street wherever they want to, and not only at the whim of traffic planners? Gerhard Lang’s zebrastreifen, or “zebra crossing,” allowed a 600-person procession to cross the streets, alleys, backyards, and car parks of Kassel without jaywalking.

The procession honoured Lang’s friend, collaborator, and former professor, Lucius Burckhardt, the inventor of the field of Spaziergangswissenschaft, or “Strollology.” Burckhardt adopted the perspective of the stroller in formulating his criticisms of prevailing automobile-centric planning practices.

Lucius Burckhardt on Lang’s zebra crossing: Moving once more through the city, as was presumably possible in the old days: you cross the street, there where you want to and where you can cut short your route, i.e. not just where traffic planners had a zebra crossing painted because they thought this was where you would be the least nuisance for cars. […] Pedestrians can avoid being arrested for jaywalking simply by bringing along their own zebra crossing.

Actors: Gerhard Lang, Helmut Aebischer, Ruth Jureczek; students; 600 strollers

Location: Kassel, Germany, May 19, 1993

Tools: 4m x 30m black carpet, two tons of white paint

Fuente: CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture). What can I do with the city program and Gerhard Lang web

Autor: Carlos Albalá

Tal vez sea un desaprendedor vocacional de apellido con vínculo

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