BRIEF: a competition to create one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can revitalize a vacant site, is universally accessible, and fosters multi-generational community interaction.
“The American city is rooted in its neighborhoods, public spaces, and infrastructure. Transforming the interstitial open spaces that characterize our cities can be a fundamental catalyst for community connectivity and socialization. When neglected or inaccessible, these vacant spaces become detrimental to neighborhood health and vitality. To address the needs of a diverse and changing urban population, space must adapt to the needs of a broader range of ages, physical abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Through small acts we can re-purpose public space to be more universally accessible, inclusive, age friendly, and a builder of community.”
The problem was addressed with a series of undulating platforms and sun-shade canopies that can serve multiple program functions and be configured in any site to fit it’s optimal needs. There are a limited number of angle cuts to be made to streamline the construction process and the materials are assembled simply with only screws or in the case of the canopies can be pieced together without any additional tools or harsh chemicals, etc. This makes the project easily constructed with little need for experienced or professional builders and can be assembled with the help of community members.
MATERIALS: 1″x2″ furring strips, galvanized steel pipes, recycled billboard tarp
DRAWINGS: digital montages (Michele ER Frederics), digital renderings, line work (Bryn E Namavari)
COLLABORATORS: Michele ER Fredericks, Bryn E Namavari