Whimsical park built of recycled materials pops up in Shanghai

April 5, 2018 by  
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Shanghai’s hip Anfu Road recently found itself home to a whimsical urban intervention showing how one man’s trash could be turned into public space treasure. AIM Architecture and URBAN MATTERS designed the temporary urban park, called Urban Bloom, as an experimental exercise pairing reclaimed pallets with glowing tree-like sculptures. “Transformed into an ideal urban garden, and constructed entirely from artificial means, it is a project for a city that emphasizes people,” wrote the designers. Open to the public, Urban Bloom is nestled in a quiet courtyard with popular eateries and boutiques within striking distance. Recycled timber pallets are used as modular building blocks stacked to form seating and visual interest. The installation undulates on one side to resemble hilly topography. Related: Shanghai’s sponge districts fight flooding with green space Potted plants are placed around part of the park’s perimeter to create a garden aesthetic. Plastic spheres tied to poles are filled with foliage in a sculptural take on trees. Repurposed materials were predominately used as part of the designers’ desire to promote sustainable concepts. “At the same time, cities are huge producers of waste and trash,” wrote the designers. “We wanted this new space to be low-impact, and interact with natural elements in an artificial way – in short, proving it’s possible to make something new from nothing new at all.” + AIM Architecture + URBAN MATTERS Via ArchDaily Images © URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

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Basurama transforms landfill trash into playgrounds in Taipei

August 2, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFs4FqOuI58 Founded in 2001, the Basurama artist collective has worked around the world developing innovative uses for waste to raise awareness about the benefits of reuse and the ills of a throwaway consumerist society. Re-create Taipei was created in collaboration with Taiwan-based AGUA Design’s City Yeast as part of an International Open Call program hosted by the World Design Capital, a biennial city promotion project hosted this year by Taipei. The design studios constructed two temporary playground sites in a central location near Zhongxiao Xinsheng. As their name implies (‘basura’ is the Spanish word for trash), Basurama primarily uses locally found, discarded materials as their preferred building medium. “We always try to work with local materials,” said Mónica Gutiérrez Herrero in an interview with Inhabitat. “So, in this case it is our first time working with water tanks because it’s the first time we’re in a country that uses it. So we are really happy to experiment and learn from new materials because although we have been working now for 15 years, we learn in each project.” The unique and site-specific Re-Create Taipei playgrounds were built in ten days following a nine-month design and planning process that involved site selection, material collection, and community engagement. Related: 9 gorgeous green designs by Taiwanese creatives The Re-create Taipei playground that Inhabitat visited comprises four main play components: a ball pit, a labyrinth, a tunnel, and a slide house. Upcycled water tanks form the skeleton for all the play areas and are supplemented with other found materials. The water tank labyrinth, for instance, is covered in a variety of textures including bubble wrap, astroturf, a chalkboard surface, tree bark, and more. The second site, located nearby in an underpass, features swings made from discarded street lamps. The “trash” playgrounds are a temporary urban installation and will stay onsite until the conclusion of the World Design Capital later this year. + Basurama + AGUA DESIGN Images © Lucy Wang

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Giant glittering dance floor inspires strangers to dance in the streets of Montreal

July 20, 2016 by  
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Spanning a pedestrian road closed off to cars between the museum and a church, the 3,000-square-foot DANCE FLOOR comprises glittering paving with golden footprints pointed in a variety of directions. The mosaic-like urban installation evokes hammered gold in reference to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Pompeii exhibition. Passersby drawn to the glint and shine of the gold footprints are invited to improvise steps on the giant dance floor . Related: Historic Church With Tiffany Stained Glass Transformed into Beautiful Concert Hall for Montreal “With Verville’s proposal the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering,” says a press release. “Welcoming varied and unforgettable performances, DANCE FLOOR shines a new dynamism to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ area.” The DANCE FLOOR is complemented with raised rectangular volumes, also covered in golden footprints , which can be used as seating or as an elevated surface to jump or dance on. + Jean Verville architecte Images by Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet

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MVRDV’s gigantic staircase of scaffolding celebrates the rebuilding of Rotterdam

April 12, 2016 by  
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This year marks the 75th year since Rotterdam began its city reconstruction following the devastating World War II bombardment that killed 850 people and left 80,000 people homeless. In honor of Rotterdam’s resilience and growth since that time, MVRDV has unveiled plans to install a gigantic staircase out of scaffolding in front of Rotterdam Central Station. Set to open to the public this summer, the 180-step temporary installation, titled the Stairs, will offer sweeping views overlooking the entire city. Read the rest of MVRDV’s gigantic staircase of scaffolding celebrates the rebuilding of Rotterdam

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“A Path in the Forest” by Tetsuo Kondo is a Floating Woodland Trail in Estonia

October 13, 2011 by  
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