来自布鲁克林的工作室The Urban Conga通过一系列互动装置探讨了“可玩城市”的概念：在既有的城市基础设施中置入一个“可玩”的生态系统，使其完全融入我们的日常生活。
A Brooklyn-Based Design Studio is Selected as a Winner of Architizer’s A+Firm Awards for their Work which Explores the Idea of a “Playable City” as an Ecosystem of Playable Opportunities Intertwined within the Existing Urban Infrastructure that Doesn’t just Disrupt our Daily Lives but Adds to it.
Project 01: Oscillation
Oscillation is an interactive installation that focuses on using sight, sound, and movement to spark spontaneous social interaction and conversation within a once underutilized space. As you walk toward the piece, it plays different sounds and pitches depending on your distance to it. As you move and dance around the piece, colors reflect and refract light differently based on your angle and position to the work. The work becomes an open-ended invitation for people to play, dance, jam out, and come together as a community in public space. The piece was designed as modular pieces so the work can travel and activate new and unique underutilized spaces around the world.
Project 02: The Hangout
The Hangout uses sight, sound, and touch to transform a once underutilized lot into an inclusive, safe, and inspiring space for the community. The space consists of a series of clusters of cylinders that offer seating and a space to gather. The design utilizes touch sensor technology that transforms each cylinder into a playable, musical instrument. When the user touches the tops of the cylinders, a sound is made. At night, each of the units illuminates and changes colors as well when touched. These components allow the community to manipulate and utilize the space as they want. A space that they could call their own and feel is a positive representation of their neighborhood.
Project 03: Entangled
The social bench system provides a place for people to sit, listen, and converse on the neighborhood’s past, present, and future and its Haitian influence. This is a neighborhood that is being drastically changed. With this project, they wanted to create an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the culture that exists within the neighborhood and is being pushed out. The intervention is made up of three aluminum drums formed from the traditional Rada Battery Haitian drums. The drums are connected by an undulating bench system that allows a multitude of social seating possibilities.
© Christopher Brickman
Project 04: Shifting Totems
The piece is made up of three aluminum totems that resemble tree trunks emerging from the ground. Each totem has a series of units that can be rotated to spell out different words like strong, knowledge, go vote, pride, and many more. At the base of each totem is a larger section for people to sit and converse about the neighborhood’s past, present, and future. The piece was designed not to be a static piece that one just walks by but a catalyst for a larger conversation about the area’s misrepresentation.
Project 05: Why sit when you can play?
“Why sit when you can play?” is a musical public park bench system designed to begin to bring the everyday park bench back to life by providing an open-ended playable platform within the built environment. The benches’ unique forms are custom created based on the specific space in which they reside. The flowing organic form is designed to encourage different levels of seating interactions, from a romantic couple to a large jam session. The benches’ musical sections each contain two octaves of musical notes. The notes are made from solid aluminum bars that are cut individually to resonate a specific note. The musical notes can either be played with attached mallets.
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