Artist: Neno Belchev
Artist: Neno Belchev
The image shows an architectural model/overview of a small fishing boat cut in two,installed in an exhibition space situated on the ground floor of an office block. The front of the vessel protrudes through the window and into the street; the rear end sits within the confines of the building.
Author: Michela Barone Lumaga
This call for designs is to start the first public investigation related to my MIT thesis project, “Public by Design: Auto-fabrication for a Contemporary Urban Physiognomy” which unites digital fabrication of urban objects with participatory design. The question my thesis seeks to answer is how to improve urban quality by introducing new ways to build structures for civic life. I envision a future in which the people will feel ownership of their city by proposing new functions for public space and by being the designers of it. This thesis also seeks to re-frame the relationship between artificial and natural. Pavilions, city gates, fountains, rostra and obelisks are artifacts which express the character of the local civic society and constitute the social infrastructure of the urban environment. These places are the sites where public good is produced and represent significant contact points between the institution and the citizens. My research will result in a manual and a kit of parts for building six new typologies of Public Objects in contemporary cities.
The Holistic Urban Objects are prototype scaffolds for participatory public-ness. Public is intended as an extensive concept that accounts for other species of beings and networks of objects. The Holistic Urban Objects will create awareness and social responsibility. Their physical structure acts as catalyst of interspecies exchanges and will express new unexplored civic functions as chosen by the citizens. This project proposes a method to create a super-urban space that is part of a global networked plot: publishing online a set of drawings of the Holistic Urban Objects that can be easily fabricated with a CNC router allows the audience to participate in the physical making of space in any place of the world, by building their own. The fabricated object, built by CNC cut ½” plywood sheets, is going to be customized using local materials (wood, leaves, building scraps, plastics, etc.). The architecture, therefore, reflects the ecology of the place because customization is enacted by humans and other species that decide to inhabit the structure.
As part of this first experiment on participatory design for our cities I am asking you to draw your ideal Holistic Pavilion by drawing only one component: the RIB. The current structure of the Holistic Pavilion works like this:
You can design the RIB in any shape you want, and the rib can account for hosting another being or specie, which will be the SKIN. In my case, I have decided to cut holes into the digitally fabricated RIB to intertwine tree branches. The Holistic Pavilion becomes the ecology of its surroundings and declares your idea on its public function. There is no restriction in scale for your design since it could be occupied by humans, animals and microorganisms. You can print the drawing kit attachment, draw on it, snap a picture and send it back to email@example.com.
After The Experiment
Once I have received drawings of your rib and pavilions designs I am going to make a model with laser cut Masonite 1/8” thick. The models will be shown at my final presentation with your name, public function, and geographic coordinates (for ex. Bubi Tazo “Pavilion for Interspecial Communications” 42°21’41′ N 71°05’13″ W).
Author: Nemanja Crnobrnja
The Sound Pavilion was built for the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia in 2010.
Products of contemporary design and architecture, in most cases are reduced only to the visual perception of form or space. Therefore, Sound pavilion examines action that can encourage an active relationship between the object and user.
Using natural attributes of environment (context), space is described through four sound sensations (volume, diffraction, reflection, absorption). It’s abstract, but multi-layered information – more from less.
Perception of space is changeable, and also his character. Goal is to explore the relationship between architecture and space / city and man / built and natural, only through data taken form context.
Its structure is basically a hole, a nothing that converts its surroundings into a sense.
Artist: Nick Degtyarev
The artist takes a sample of soil from a city dump site. Along with documentation of the action, map and additional information it is exhibited in front of the entrance into one of public parks.
Artist: Nick Degtyarev
body, time, video camera
abandoned building, debris, adhesive tape
The artist uses a room inside an abandoned building in one of residential districts in Moscow. Throughout the day a group of artists worked in various rooms of the building creating a big and accessible to the public exposition thus redefining this space into a platform of a cultural activity though for a short period of time.
body, time, GPS, video camera
riverbed, paint can
This work is based on the performative action. The artist walks along the track of extinct stream and continuously draws a blue line until the spray can is empty. The line remained for about a week and disappeared for good.
Artist: Nick Degtyarev
The piece consists of an object and a video record. The artist tracks a closed-loop route with a camera and gps-receiver attached to the body. The route is based on the civil boundary of one of the districts of Moscow. The camera is constantly on during the period of 1 hour 47 minutes which is just enough to go 10,3 kilometers. And the gps-receiver takes off the data of the landscape height.
The object repeats the outline of the district and the change of the landscape height. Thus the artist manifests through his body the presence of hidden boundaries in the city, either administrative or ideological walls which separate and specify districts.
Author: Miguel Costa
Open Monument’s transformations between 2010 and 2013 made by: Crestuma’s inhabitants;
Meireles de Pinho; Miguel Costa
The installation of a “monument” that revisits the image of a maize crib on the riverfront attempts to restore an old relationship between some of Crestuma’s existing maize cribs and the river Douro.
Further, this new element intends to become a landmark giving a new visibility to the town from the river, and, simultaneously, leaving its appropriation open by allowing room for collective actions from inhabitants and artists, who may intervene, modifying it continuously, proposing thus new authorships, new social dynamics and new senses of belonging – an “Open Monument”.
The “Open Monument” project is a public space installation that intends to recover the link between the inhabitants of Crestuma and its landscape symbols/history. At the same time, intends to boost an experimental, pedagogical and participative realm that could develop new senses of appropriation and belonging.
Project supported by Madep/Fbaup, Trans_Form_Actions European Project and Crestuma’s local government.
Author: NC-office (Architecture & Urbanism)
The project considers the existing procession one encounters on Cuban Memorial Boulevard located within the Little Havana neighborhood. Walking through the Park, one experiences a series of monuments commemorating an event or an individual. Rather than a point, which symbolizes a singular event, we suggest embedding a field of small objects such as pinwheels or solar powered lanterns around the roots of the Ceiba tree. These objects symbolize the countless souls that have been lost at sea.
The development of the project took course through careful documentation and measurement of the existing Ceiba tree and subsequently a physical model was built through an analog process. The idea of such an endeavor is ultimately to gain a better understanding of the biological form of the root system and to emphasize its contrast to a rectangular field of symbolic objects.