This "boat" on wheels turns city dwellers into urban adventurers

April 3, 2018 by  
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Urban adventurers, prepare to set sail: A temporary installation in Utrecht, the Netherlands is transforming its site into an unknown land full of discoveries. When city dwellers engage with the project, they become “urbanauts,” contemporary adventurers that sail through the public space. Rome-based design collective  orizzontale  conceived the project as an LED-lit,  modular wooden structure that reimagines the concept of a boat, resulting in a flexible urban space that merges art, design and technology. The Urbanauts project forms part of RAUM, a workshop in Utrecht that hosts the Berlijnplein, a large public exhibition space . Together with local creators, international creators, and the public, RAUM will build a program of festivals, installations, events, and workshops in 2017 and 2018. Related: Dark highway underpass transformed into a brilliant tunnel of light The “urbanauts’ headquarters” includes different urban parcels that can be expanded and personalized. Elevated platforms and a small tower provide vantage points from which to observe the surrounding area. Thanks to the iron cage on top, which holds a red LED sign, the tower also works as an urban landmark. + orizzontale

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Street art intervention gives new life to a forgotten Portuguese alleyway

December 5, 2016 by  
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Art has the power to change the way we see and interact with the world, just like this street art intervention that’s dramatically revived a forgotten alleyway on a Portuguese island. Roma-based architecture collective Orizzontale reclaimed the core of the O Quarteirão neighborhood on São Miguel Island with the permanent installation of Casa do Quarteirão, a series of timber structures that encourage pedestrian activity, walkability, and creativity. The project was developed as part of Walk&Talk Azores 2016 , an annual arts festival focused on site-specific installations in the Azores Islands. Completed in July 2016, Casa do Quarteirão is one of the latest site-specific projects of Walk&Talk Azores, which is held every year to promote contemporary and experimental artistic creation that engages the local community and the environment. Orizzontale chose to work with O Quarteirão, a non-touristy neighborhood close to the Ponta Delgada historical city center, because its public space was completely overrun by parking lots and cars. The collective worked closely with the inhabitants as well as Italian designer Francesco Zorzi to reclaim public space in the heart of the community. Related: Giant squid brings the mysticism of the sea to a Portuguese island Inspired by the intimacy of the traditional Azorian homes, the architects constructed modular structures made from Cryptomeria japonica, a type of conifer endemic to the island. The transformed street features a central public square with seating bookended by two structures: an entrance pavilion called Rua Pedro Homem that provides a gathering space on one end, and a small structure called Rua d’ Acoa with a tiny terrace that overlooks the space. The structures were built in just five days with help from the community and the modular frames can be adapted and personalized to a variety of configurations that satisfy different activities. + Orizzontale Images via Orizzontale , by Orizzontale, Sarah Pinheiro, Rui Soares, and Màrio Roberto Carvalho

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