Name: Leah Smith
Institution / Company: Columbia University GSAPP
-FINALIST of FUTURE PUBLIC SPACE Competition
Covid-19 has affected not only physical distancing between bodies, but access to reliable food networks and shelters around the world, and the frequency of viruses will only increase as the climate warms. Designs for spaces that address these concerns are needed today and will be needed more in the future.
Commonspace is a design for a modular and eco-friendly gathering space. Each module is made of a woven wicker screen attached to a recycled aluminium frame, allowing it to be rigid yet light and permitting partial sunlight but abundant rain protection. Housed within the structure are two planters that provide edible vegetation local to the site and are watered automatically due to the structure’s funnel-like design. Finally, each module is wrapped in a chick-style curtain that runs horizontally along the aluminium frame, allowing visitors to make the module as private or as public as they desire.
The shape of each triangular module allows up to six modules to join together in a hexagonal cluster, and more clusters joining adjacently to suit varying occupant sizes. Being a modular structure and made of organic materials, the gathering space can be deployed in any flat and open area while using local materials.
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