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Blankets of any sort might seem off-putting in the midst of a Hotlanta June, but a groovy new creation by Kennesaw State University is meant to foster more pedestrian activity than warmth. KSU architecture students designed an "Urban Blanket" that's temporarily installed on 5th Street — between Spring Street and Interstate 75 — in Midtown as a sort of new-age public gathering space. Constructed from HI-MACS, an environmentally friendly material often used for kitchen countertops, the blanket is a molded architectural platform ideal for "lounging, flirting and working," the school says. Just don't get too freaky. [Photo: Midtown ATL/Facebook]