All of us have studied at various times in faculties of architecture but none of us could be classically defined as an architect. We are interested and work in design and communications, landscape planning and agriculture, light infrastructure for bicycles and small businesses for the new economy.
X-Cav Street Sweeper concept tries to eliminate the assumption that street sweeping process is dirty and should be condemned from visible public space. X-Cav is a concept street sweeper that has been designed for cleaning streets functionality in big cities. It is able to adjust itself to cover all street widths, unlike conventional sweepers that require different machines to cover both narrow and wide streets. The undercarriage can be extended from 140 cm to 300, while the combination of horizontally and vertically rotating brushes ensure optimal cleaning coverage. Thanks to its rotatable cabin, X-Cav Street Sweeper can use the extendable arm (working like a vacuum cleaner at the left side) to clean narrow corners or narrow areas. Design by Carlos Schreib
A strongly international quarter of the Copenhagen neighbour is revitalized using open space as a physical framework. This space is to be propelled beyond its current role as a mono-functional transit area into being innovative and dense with synchronicities. A black square, a red square and a green park are the matrix of dialogue among the different culture living in Superkilen.
As part of this dialogue, the design reattributes an essential motif from garden-history. In the garden, the translocation of an ideal, the reproduction of a another place, of a far off landscape, is a common theme through time. Where the historic Chinese garden features miniature rock formations of famous mountain ranges, the Japanese zen garden abstracts the sea into waves of gravel. The historic gardens in Florence or Versailles are loaden with allegorical depictions and the historic English landscape garden showcases replications of Greek ruins.
In Superkilen this theme finds a contemporary urban form: the global, universal garden. Here, the transfer of significative elements from other places and cultures reflects the multi-ethnic structure of the neighborhood and activates it. In many months of workshops and conversations with residents and local associations the creativity and fantasy of the quarter has been mobilized. Civic participation has been developed as a motor for the design principle of multitude.
Round benches, fountains, lamps, fitness equipment and sundry more now projects Superkilen’s diversity and international personality onto the matrix of a versatile neighborhood park.
The light advertisements from many countries on the red square are probably the most obvious markers of this cultural transfer. The imported advertisement alienates the place in an almost theatrical way. The commmercial objects, all begging for attention, actually fall short of their culturally specific target group. In the process, however, they become ambassadors and activists of a global urban culture. The synchronously staged repertoire of advertisements illuminates and mobilizes the neighborhood’s international character in times of information and communication. Meanwhile, the flashing neon advertisement for a Japanese pachinko parlour surprises and astonishes as much as historic chinoseries in a landscape garden, while telephone cells from Latinamerica create the flicker of an illusion of a beach promenade.
Location: Norrebro, Copenhagen (Denmark) Client: Realdania and the Community of Copenhagen Size: 27.000 m2 Prize: 1st Prize Project: Topotek (Berlin), B.I.G. Architects (Copenhagen), Superflex (Copenhagen), HELP Kommunikation, Heine Petersen
New York, June 12, 2013 – Since designers Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin launched their first Kickstarter campaign for + POOL in 2011, the project has become a new model for funding large-scale civic projects. Now with Tile By Tile, the supporters, backers and collaborators that are making + POOL possible have the opportunity to claim a piece of the pool for themselves. Read More
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