Public space is valuable and fundamental for people in the city. However, cities are largely made up of streets – space that is also considered public space, but which primarily belongs to the car. This needs to change!

Therefore we made a new type of road bump: a carpet that appear as a multiple of three-dimensional spikes from the cars’ point of view.

The carpet is placed in the streets to occupy space, send a message to the cars and slow them down. This is a simple measure that can be done without legislative consideration as the bump is in reality not a bump, but an optical illusion.


The carpet is therefore a simple tool to reclaim streets as public space for people and not for cars, so we have more space to live, less noise and cleaner air.

semester project University of Applied Arts, Vienna
in collaboration with Nanna Wensaas