From bus stops to phone booths to canals to old viaducts, creative companies and individuals have been proposing and piloting brand new ways to breathe life into our existing urban infrastructure.

Swedish energy company Umea Energi installed phototherapy lamps at 30 bus stops throughout the city of Umea, as part of a pilot program designed to give people “a little energy kick” while waiting for the bus. With the days short and the nights long in this northern European city, the…