The experiment of Prototyping the city was based on the criteria that a product of urban design must operate at different levels contemporarily. Playgrounds and public spaces need objects to play with, identify with and react against.
The brief of the project, entitled “biodegrading pavilion”, indicates a typological reference: the pavilion, hybridized with the programmatic function of info-point for Torino 2008 World Design Capital, and its biological condition as a temporary “coagulation of matter” designed to disintegrate back into nature at the end of its life cycle.
The workshop structure was instead defined as a “matrix” which coordinated the activities of the group in parallel co-evolving layers. The result was a parametrically controlled diagram organizing the basic construction units [wooden sticks] into a coherent structural assemblage while generating small cocoon spaces which branched out of the main “tunnel”. These spaces became the niches which housed the informational layer that constituted the first point of contact between the visitors and the summer school events. This platform was then expanded in a web based blog capable of reaching out to world.
Credits:Project leader: C. Pasquero, M. Poletto
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