MVRDV realised I LOVE STREET in collaboration with students of the Seosuk Elementary School as one of the third edition of the Gwangju Folly. The 960m2 permanent intervention explores how architecture contributes to urban regeneration by playing both decorative and functional roles in public spaces. The project was conceived in a participatory process.
▼街道全貌，overview of the street
荒唐事：意义与无意义 FOLLIES: SENSE AND NONSENSE
荒唐事的本质上就是对城市空间进行小范围的设计介入。有些人认为这些介入属于艺术创作，但却被冠以琐碎，暂时，幼稚，而且不明显的属性和特点。 这些街道艺术品大多是架构在艺术家们的奇思妙想的基础上而被创作出来的。旨在表现所谓的“无意义”的元素，有人甚至可能会认为它们是“无稽之谈”。 但这些荒唐事可以帮助观察者从不同以往的角度观察问题，从而帮助他们找到当前的城市诟病。 这些荒唐事是有意思的，同时也欢迎批判性参与，更重要的是它们可以激发出一些有助于实现城市宏伟设想和志向的简单想法。所构想的荒唐事可以先在一个小范围内被测试，而后变成城市政策变动的真正推动力。
Follies are, essentially, small interventions in urban spaces and although considered to be art pieces, they are somehow perceived as frivolous, temporary, and at times innocent and unserious. They are made by artists and architects, mostly on the basis of their own fantasies. They are elements that aim to make ‘no sense’ and some might argue that they are ‘nonsense’. But follies can help to point the observer in another and surprising direction, thus helping them visualize current urban problems. They are playful whilst allowing for a critical engagement and, importantly they can bring about smaller examples of grander dreams and ambitions. Follies can be tested on a small scale and can contribute as real drivers of policy changes in a city.
▼该街道分段设置了不同类型的玩耍空间，different types of playing spaces sectionally set in this street
光州1 GWANGJU 1
Gwangju is known for its industrial qualities. A city with a booming car industry situated between beautiful surroundings of cherry blossoms and nature, but in recent years has become dominated by cars and lacks many pedestrianised zones, especially in its old part of town. From 2011, Gwangju, follies located all across Gwangju are designed to achieve urban regeneration by providing a cultural rebirth to its downtown area after 40 years of rapid industrial growth. These interventions are a step in refocusing attention on abandoned areas of the city with the potential to transform them into more livable and pleasant areas as they develop in time.
▼ 街道的尽头设置了一个5m高的观景平台，there is 5m high platform at the end of the street for watching landscape
光州“荒唐市” GWANGJU FOLLY TOWN
这个决定在光州做出一系列荒唐事的改造策略，是实现大胆的实验性发展策略的第一步。 而且有些已经取得了成功，就像由Juan Herreros设计的提升的河岸一样，它引起了人们对城市中一些被忽视部分的关注，并也已转变成了具有高效用途的地区。还有由Seung H-Sang设计的一些通往城市绿廊的台阶，如今已经成为了一个小型文化中心。 因此，设计者认为这些“荒唐事”已经使光州的城市面貌变得更性感，更吸引人，更广为人知。于是，现在的光州便开始从事一件其它城市没有做过的事情：营造一个“荒唐市”。
The decision a while ago to make a series of follies in Gwangju was a courageous and experimental first step. Some have become highly successful, like the lifted band designed by Juan Herreros that helped to raise attention about a neglected part of the city, turning it into a highly used area afterwards. There are also the stairs to the city’s Green Corridor, designed by Seung H-Sang, which functions as a small culture center. The follies are a phenomenon that no other city has developed. Thus, they are able to make the city of Gwangju sexier, more attractive, and more widely known. This now starts to come down to one thing other cities don’t have: a Folly Town.
▼孩子们在街道上进行着各种活动，kids play and take various activities in this street
荒唐事研究 FOLLY RESEARCH
目前在光州旧城已经开展了一系列研究。 通过比较光州与韩国和世界其它城市，来评估光州的优点和缺点。 比如与其他城市相比，光州似乎缺少步行空间，公共交通不足。另外，在光州不利于骑自行车、绿地少，而且在夏季缺少避暑场地，对游客来说吸引力不足。 并且与众多城市相比，光州的能源独立性较低，图书馆，展览，剧院，体育场馆，游乐场和城市活动也较少。
Concentrating on the old city of Gwangju, a series of research initiatives has been undertaken. By comparing Gwangju to other cities in Korea and around the world, its strengths and weaknesses have been evaluated. Gwangju, for instance, seems less walkable than other cities, and has insufficient public transportation. It is less bikeable, less attractive for tourists, has fewer green spaces, and is less cool in the summer than other cities. In addition, it is less energy independent and features fewer libraries, exhibitions, theatres, sports venues, playgrounds, and urban events than many cities.
▼可以涂写的黑板铺装，the paving which allows people write their favorite things
我爱街道荒唐事 THE “I LOVE” STREET FOLLY
Jebong-ro 82（光州市 Jebong-ro 82 beon-gil, Dong-gu，Seosuk小学）将被实施交通戒严。设计团队通过与Seoseok小学合作，了解了一系列孩子们对街道的需要，并为他们营造出了不同的路面形式，身处其中可以坐，绘画，跳蹦床，甚至还可以玩儿沙子。通过在路面上设计一系列英文字母，一个真实的行文出现了，以“我爱”体现人们对不同事物的热爱。同时，文本末尾的方形空间被空了出来，以供大家使用，它像画布一样，大家可以在其中绘画和调整。我爱，因此可以变成，例如我爱韩国，我爱KIM，我爱走路，我爱市长，我爱光州，或者我爱你。这段文字成为了这条街上一个特别的亮点。另外，这条街还连接了一个五米高的平台，上面设置了一个长凳和一张桌子。在上面，可以看到公园，还可以拍自拍。黑板空间每晚都会伴随着不同的灯光转变成舞池，而播放的Jeroen Kooijmans的情歌会不禁引人随之舞动—我爱跳舞！
Jebong-ro 82 (Seosuk Elementary School, 26, Jebong-ro 82 beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju) will be closed for traffic. In collaboration with Seoseok Elementary School, a series of their requests has been explored. That has led to multiple different pavements that can be used for sitting, painting, jumping on trampolines, and playing in the sand. By shaping these pavements in a series of letters, a true text appears, indicating people’s love for many things through ‘I LOVE’. At the same time, a neutral square space at the end of the text is maintained for everyone’s personal use, and it can even be painted and adapted like a canvas. I LOVE can thus become I LOVE KOREA, I LOVE KIM, I LOVE WALKING, I LOVE THE MAYOR, I LOVE GWANGJU, or I LOVE YOU, for example. This text can be seen from a special tribute spot at the beginning of the street. This tribute also provides access to a platform that is five meters high, with a bench and a table. From here, the gardens can be viewed and a selfie can be taken. The chalkboard space is transformed into a dance floor every evening with special lights, while love songs from Jeroen Kooijmans will be played to get people dancing – I LOVE DANCING!
▼孩子们在地面的黑板上进行涂鸦，kids are scrawling on the blackboard
▼街道上还设置了沙坑供孩子们玩耍，sandpit is set in the street for playing
下一步计划 WHAT’S NEXT?
就目前的时间和预算而言，“我爱荒唐事”这个设想和拟定的街道设计都实现得很好。为什么不根据这一设想将剩下的部分也完成了呢，甚至更多呢？ 如果能够实现这一目标，那么就有可能在这个新兴的城市中营造更多的步行空间，并将其中的观察结果融入到未来的建设中。来塑造一个满是荒唐事的城市 。
Within the current time frame and budget, the I LOVE folly and street has been realized. But why not follow through with the rest, and even more? If this can be achieved then it will create possibilities to walk around the emerging city and soak in its observations on the future. Folly Town.
Location: Gwangju, South Korea
Client: Gwangju Biennial Foundation
Size and Programme: 960m2 public square
Design: MVRDV – Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries
Design Team: Winy Maas, Wenchian Shi, Kyosuk Lee with Dongmin Lee, Bowen Zhu and
Construction: Gongjeong Construction co.
Images: Gwangju Biennale Foundation