Friday, May 18, 2012
The lack of seating was identified as a problem in the park.The proposed project would integrate the functions of seating and play. This would allow for various uses including play, socialising, and picnicking.The proposed project is a structure created in the earthship construction method.The initial plan includes two parts: a play wall and a dome. The wall would be constructed to reference the motion and flow of the river. The dome would use tires connected by a steel framework, serve as a climbing structure and reference local architecture. Local residents would be encouraged to help with the construction of the new area, promoting community ownership of the space. Based on the success of the initial design, other walls and play spaces could be created along the rest of the park.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Trellis Garden Concept Statement:
The park along the Haliç suffers from a lack of use. Most of the green space remains overgrown and unoccupied. For the most part, this is due to a lack of comfortable and inviting places to sit, including the picnic areas that the park currently has. The Trellis Garden concept is a means to make the park a destination spot and encourage people to stay and visit.
There will be clusters of trellises along the park pathway and the first installations should be located near the ferry terminals where the highest concentrations of people are. The small groupings spread about the path will help link the park together into one cohesive unit and encourage people to explore the path further. Beneath each trellis there are four benches that each seat two people. The benches swivel 180˚ allowing multiple configurations to accommodate groups of people with different activities as well as individuals who want to sit by themselves.
The bench top is a flat sheet of rubber made from recycled tires, allowing it to flex when sat upon for increased comfort. These strips of tire will be painted light blue to reduce the heat attracted from the sun and to relate the form to the surrounding water. The arms of the trellis are made from tire sidewalls and the column houses a planter when foliated with greenery will create a tree-like canopy. The trellises not only offer shade, but they also help define the space. An optional swing attachment can be added to connecting trellises to create a place for children to play.
The main goal of the project is to attract people to the space. The Trellis Garden is a place for people to relax at the park by themselves or interact as groups. The clustered modular seating encourages person-to-person contact but can also swivels to provide some privacy for visitors to sit by themselves. The seating will enhance the experience of being at the park for those who come to picnic and relax in the green spaces. These factors will encourage future reuse and keep the park occupied.
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