How to fix the Dubow textile lane
In a city that has long struggled with poor sanitation and poor hygiene, there are no fewer than 10 lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross, one in every four in Rome’s urban fabric.
The lane’s narrow spaces also attract the odd passerby who, for whatever reason, chooses to sit on the edge of the pavement.
This isn’t a bad thing, says Fabio Dubow, the director of the Urban Fabric Lab.
“But there are also some pedestrians who have no respect for the pedestrian’s place in the road.”
So Dubow decided to tackle the issue by building a barrier between the lanes and, in his words, “to stop the flow of traffic”.
Dubow started by designing a three-dimensional fabric to form a bridge.
He then filled the lanes with plastic sheeting and built a metal mesh to separate the lanes.
Then, Dubow’s team designed a new fabric that would help the fabric absorb and absorb and then absorb again, absorbing again, until it finally forms a continuous fabric.
Dubow’s approach, Dubowski says, is “a way of giving space to pedestrians to cross the road and make it more pedestrian-friendly.”
The fabric was initially designed for use in the city’s central core, but after a year of testing, Dubows team realised the fabric could be used in the periphery of the city as well, and they decided to open up the fabric to be used as a fabric for textile lanes in all the rest of the Italian capital.
The fabric will cost around 10,000 euros ($13,500) per lane.
It will be made of polyester and a polyurethane resin.
Dubow is working on a plan to sell it in Italy’s most prestigious fashion retailer, LVMH, and has a crowdfunding campaign planned to raise money for the fabric.
“It is a great way to support the fabric and its use in Milan and Rome,” Dubow says.
“And as we can see, it is really easy to put together.”
The Dubow fabric is not the first time that Milan’s streets have been painted to show off the citys unique urban fabric design.
In 2011, the city also decided to paint the sidewalks and bike lanes in the center of Milan to show the city was a city of ideas.
The new fabric has been a huge success.
“We are really happy to be able to show it to Milanians,” Dubowski explains.