Posts tagged ‘temporary’

Guerilla Playgrounds?

Re-blogged from Ange Tran.
Written by Ange Tran.
Originally posted October 27, 2010.

“I bike all over NYC and I feel that what I see most are fenced up empty lots and children. If I won the lotto I think I’d occupy the rest of my life with tearing down fences and building unsanctioned playgrounds over the city, even in places where they might be very small or very short lived.”

>> photo by Flickr user Janielle Beh; location unknown

>> October 27’s daily design idea is what would you do “if you had a million dollars and you didn’t have to work?


October 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

Replay: Sukkah City

So unless you’ve been living under a rock (or you don’t really follow architectural news), you probably have already heard about Sukkah City. From their website:

“Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice… ‘Sukkah City’ is an international design competition to re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop new methods of material practice and parametric design, and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site.”

Maybe you read about the 12 finalists in NY Magazine. Or, you know, the New York Times, Dwell, Core77, Architizer, Architectural Record, or Metropolis. Or maybe you discovered the competition through its Wikipedia page, a bizarrely legit form of signifying cultural value.

photo of Union Square during the Sukkah City event / by Benjamin Norman for the New York Times

Months ago, I began dreaming up my own design-build concept for Sukkah City, which was to be built of discarded materials found throughout the New York City streets and would honor our city’s own nomadic population – the homeless. Unfortunately, I found myself without the extra time and the creative team to put the submission together. Fortunately, Rael San Frantello Architects created the incredibly Sukkah of Signs, part of the firm’s larger Homeless House Project. Signs were purchased from the homeless throughout the United States in order to create this inspiring structure.

Sukkah of the Signs by Rael San Frantello Architects / photo by Gisela Garrett

In the end, the people’s choice award went to the visually arresting (and spectacularly documented) Fractured Bubble. I should admit that after Sukkah of the Signs, this design by Babak Bryan & Henry Grosman was my favorite. It was also one of the few whose final version was extremely close to its initial design.

piece of final competition board and one of many in-process photos from; photo of final installation by Flickr user xpressbus

While the temporary structures have been removed from Union Square as of September 22, a free exhibit of the competition’s designs continues until October 30, 2010 at the Center for Architecture.

September 19’s idea is engage in what Sukkah City co-creator Joshua Foer calls “perhaps the world’s oldest architectural conversation.” How would you imagine the historic sukkah in contemporary context?

September 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

Pencil users’ night out.

With the kick-off of New York’s Fashion Week comes an exciting event tonight – “Non Fashion People’s Fashion Night Out” – a direct and flattering parody of Fashion’s Night Out that gives non-fashion designers the chance to be wildly creative in the design of something one-of-a-kind and wearable.

Our favorite item from the catalog is the Silver Sharpener Ring by Monika Wyndham, who seems to design all sorts of amazing things all the time. From the catalog:

True: pencils become dull with use
False: pencil sharpeners are easy to find when you need them
Text “nonfashion18” to 767825 (portal) to buy

September 10’s daily design idea is what would you design if temporarily working in another creative industry?

September 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Nomadic shelter.

A lot of the writing and dialogue about modern temporary housing is rooted in disaster relief, but I’m interested in broadening the discussion to also include travelers, people in the military, the homeless, and the otherwise nomadic.

There are several amazing projects currently being conceptualized and tested at the moment for these varied, but fundamentally similar, styles of living:

Stephanie Bellanger‘s Moving Mini House is a “252 degree” system of modular living spaces that can be folded up and attached to the back of your car. The super-efficient Exo, the base product of the Reaction Housing System, is flat-packed and designed so that “a small team of 4 people can easily move and assemble a single Exo shelter unit in well under two minutes with no tools or machinery needed.” Core77 challenged designers to come up with original proposals for pop-up emergency shelters in an hour, while Sukkah City is a competition in New York that culminates this September with the installation of 12 interpretations of a sukkah, “an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.”

My favorite nomadic project at the moment, however, is probably the buBbLe house.

watch the set-up of this buBbLe house; photo by Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez

via Inhabitat (September 22, 2009):

“This inventive housing alternative is the result of a design collaboration between the office of MMAS and architect-artist Cipriano Chas. The design team aimed to develop a prototype of a non-permanent house simple enough to be transported by any means, while at the same time providing its inhabitants with basic contemporary comforts in any context.”

“The buBbLe Prototype was designed to be an independent living facility, nomadic and flexible, that allows the occupants to respond to diverse environmental contexts within a given amount of time. In particular, the designers envision that these units could change a city’s social fabric for the better when erected within underused urban areas for the use of the newly arrived, or displaced, as a comfortable way to transition into the city.”

July 9’s daily design idea is temporary housing can be incredibly joyful, too.

July 9, 2010 at 8:55 am 1 comment

Felix Morelo hits the spot.

Most projects intended for the public try (in varying degrees) to influence their users to experience preconceived actions and thoughts. The recent chalk pieces by Felix Morelo in New York just do it a little more overtly (and humorously) than some:

June 4’s daily design idea is remove the ambiguity, try being extra direct with your message. And remember to write loudly!

See more of Felix’s work on the Union Square sidewalks or at Photos by Gisela Garrett.

June 4, 2010 at 10:56 am 1 comment

Celebrate with yellow.

A widespread use of yellow usually requires quite a lot of chutzpah in the world of design, but that shouldn’t stop you from working with it. It certainly hasn’t stopped interior designer Kelly Wearstler, whose 2004 book Modern Glamour is filled (and covered) with bold yellow elements.

I personally love yellow when it’s used joyfully, like in the Fresh Flower Pavilion designed by Tonkin Liu for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture.

Fresh Flower Pavilion

Another one of my favorite yellow projects is the installation Bloom, done in 2007 by Goldsmiths student Sam Spencer in Wapping. (For another fun project with umbrellas, check out the Bucky Bar).


April 18’s daily design idea is when given the option, choose yellow (at least sometimes).

April 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

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