Invited by Rhizomatic, a project space for artistic research occurring in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), FOUNDation has demonstrated once more the creative skills in reusing materials, turning a batch of wood sauna into flexible street furniture for the neighbourhood.
Photos by Hein Lagerweij _ All rights reserved.
Ten designers were chosen to create one Little Free Library each in Downtown Manhattan. Stereotank was selected to design a Little Free Library at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in Nolita.
The design consisted in creating an ‘inhabitable’ Little Free Library, where users could immerse themselves and take the time to browse through books and borrow or exchange them. The structure is built out of an upside down plastic tank and a wooden frame.
Perforations around the tank allow visitors to peek inside and preview the interior, which invites them to duck under and discover the book collection while still having a connection with the exterior. The installation is planned to be active until September 2013.
OPEN CITY, RAUMLABOR KOREA
This collective created this installation upon invitation to the third annual Anyang Public Art Project. The brief called for the design of a structure in constant evolution, a merger of international and local artists and citizens whose collective research would shape the compilation of micro-buildings to start a dialogue about the issues surrounding the community in light of the rapid urban developments
constantly changing its character. The result is a three-dimensional metal frame of platforms that support copies of the archetypal house, each with its own specific function and collectively begin to define a working city of a smaller scale.
Este colectivo ha sido el encargado de desarrollar por invitación esta instalación para el Anyang Public Art Project. Las bases establecían que se tenía que construir una estructura que pudiera estar en constante evolución. Combinando los esfuerzos de artistas locales e internacionales y ciudadanos se generó un sistema de pequeñas viviendas como reflexión sobre el rápido crecimiento urbano de la zona y el constante cambio de carácter. El resultado es una estructura metálica tridimensional que sujeta una serie de unidades que reproducen un módulo de casa arquetípica, cada una con su propia función y que colectivamente generan una ciudad para trabajar a una escala menor a lo habitual.
Microplanning by Marcos L. Rosa is a compilation of common spaces organized and designed by non-architects in the city of São Paulo (Brazil) in some of the most needy neighborhoods. The book illustrate the citizen’s ability to change and improve their environments with little resources, transforming themselves problems and urban challenges into opportunities for collective life at the local scale.
SixtyNine Seventy has just launched The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition, inviting design teams from around the world to re-imagine the in-between spaces of Salt Lake City’s downtown, developing them into the connective tissue linking the area’s cultural amenities. Registration deadline: 23 March.
To learn more: here.
EMMA, by the german architecture team Raumlabor, is a mobile table that grows and adaptes as needed. it is a series of 7 tables built from old pallets, bamboo sticks and empty cable rolls that traveled through Geneve like a train being a structure for dinners, cinema, building an imaginary city with children, round table and performance.
Now, for two years EMMA will travel through the Mariannenquarter in Berlin-Kreuzberg and host several events in the courtyards of the neighbourhood.
Garden Bridges by Christine Guèrard and Almuth Bennet. Parkdesign2012. The project aims to bridge the stairs with its immediate surrounding, confronting and activating also these spaces. As a set of instruments for access, stay and observation, a number of scaffolding structures extend the functionality of the staircase. The scaffolding interventions (re)bridge the staircases on both sides of the canal. The dimensions of the interventions vary and adapt to the situation: the largest structure leads into the ruderal field behind the stairs next to Metro station Delacroix, creating the possibility of a lofty walk on a thin scaffolding platform. A ladder-like structure leading to the staircase‘s raised planting bed at Quai Fernan.
Desmets is possibly more a suggestion of access, than an opportunity to be taken by every visitor. A scaffolding balcony at the Southeastern stairs marks the garden interventions in a long vista from Rue Ropsy Chaudron, sharpening the view for the cohesive context of the sites around the bridge.
Taking inspiration from the 1950’s Human Roulette at Coney Island, Amy Franceschini and Dan Allende from Futurefarmers have created a temporary public sculpture for Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture. It’s The People’s Roulette, an over-sized wooden structure conceived for children and curious adults, that have fun while it rotates faster and faster.
The only way to watch a film at this unconventional cinema in Guimarães, Portugal, is by manoeuvring your upper body into one of 16 downward-pointing nozzles.
The project was conceived by Bartlett School of Architecture professor Colin Fournier, who teamed up with Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska and London studio NEON to build it .Open this week, the structure is named the Centipede Cinema because the protruding lower bodies of viewers give it a similar form to one of the many-legged creepy crawlies.
Viewers that have ducked inside the cinema can rest their arms on the base of the structure while enjoying a one-hour film made of of three-minute-long trailers.
he project was constructed to coincide with the city’s designation as the 2012 European Capital of Culture and was inspired by a controversial local cinema club that started up during the authoritarian political regime of Estado Novo in the 1950s. “The CineClube is one of the few groups that were able to offer a radical political critique of society and they survive to this day as a left-wing cultural club, said Fournier. “We wanted to create something that celebrated such an important contribution.”
Built in 2011 in London, Ridleys: Temporary Restaurant by Atelier ChanChan turned a void inside a market into a new food experience. Meals with “zero food miles’” were prepared at ground-floor level, cooking the market produce and then were raised by a mechanical table up to the guests on the first floor.
Citations, floating public space. During the first two-thirds of the 20th century the banks of the Aveyron were popular with the locals who went there regularly on Sundays for country gatherings. Today these banks are abandoned, apart from several fishermen or children who go to paddle there in the summer. Three particular areas on the banks of the Aveyron with special features and unique qualities have been chosen to be reclassified, appointed and designed: the banks of the Nègrepelisse, Cazals and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. The idea, exhibited at La Cuisine, is to bring back memories of these places and the people who roamed them, with their history, and to take into account the current uses of these areas, to suggest ‘Citations-Objets’ (References-Objects) which give rise to new narratives. Today on the banks of the Aveyron, referents or benchmarks cause forms and functions to‘re-emerge’ with each context, within the extended urbanisation of the space, questioning public areas and shared environments.
‘Citations-Objets,’ the diving-board, boat and hanging laundry, generate memories and traces of past moments by proposing and giving rise to a new history and new forms experienced. They take place on the surface of the water, a truly fluid and continuous public area, to form floating areas.
Something pretty cool took place in Oostende, Belgium, last Wednesday. Under the slogan ‘Sleep under the stars’, Eastpak invited a very limited number of people to spend one night on the beach in a unique setting.
Read more: http://popupcity.net/2012/08/a-night-on-the-beach-pink-floyd-style/#ixzz23HOIHgL4
A wall painting with chairs. This project by Jensen Architects was developed as an adaptable tool kit serving new public programming and special events at the Oakland Museum of California. Sited in the museum’s terraced-concrete entry plaza, the project creates an outdoor living room for the community with simple metal garden chairs hung from hooks like chairs in a Shaker house. Initially projecting a strong graphic impression, the composition comes into three-dimensional relief and expresses itself as an interactive participatory piece where staff and visitors can create multiple seating arrangements in response to different events and gatherings.