Field Notes: SOMA Bench – Maplewood, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ May 16, 2019/ Physical, placemaking, tactical urbanism/ 0 comments

The SOMA Bench is an ingenious way to make a piece of useful furniture out of a single shipping pallet, a 2×6 and some scrap lumber we had on hand. Community leaders went through an iterative design process where they weighed a variety of options, before inventing this unique seating configuration.

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A nationally recognized downtown revitalization leader, downtowns Isaac managed achieved $350 million of investment, 1,300 jobs created, and were 2X Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist and a 1X GAMSA winner in 2023. His work has been featured in Newsday, NJBIZ, ROI-NJ, TapInto, and USA Today. Isaac is a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) with additional certifications from the National Parks Service, Project for Public Spaces, and the National Development Council.

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