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2011-05-27 // // Industry, Nature // Shelter // Assignment

The theme for this assignment is the analyze of the sidewalks and its “extensions”. People usually uses a limited area of the sidewalks, because they want to walk the shortest and the quickest way. Therefore, there are a lot of surfaces on the sidewalks which pedestrians don’t use and to define the boundary between the busy and the uncrowded zones, we should look specially at the street furniture; for instance, the space between streetlamps is not used since the poles create a virtual fence on the street, and so on…

How or what can I design to give much more uses, action and life to these expanding zones? With my proposal, I want people to use these areas and not only to walk through them, but stay even for a while. The concept of street shelter can support this idea since the use of the shelter implies to stop under it during a variable amount of time, for instance when it’s raining.

 

The idea of the street shelter also comes to solve the tension when you use those semi-public / semi-private shelters like the ones in the front gardens of houses… My shelter stands in a real public space, then there is not any tension to use it.

This “cloud” is different because it protects you from the rain in winter and from the burning sun in summer. Made out by rotational molding technique, the cloud-shape hollow object is attached into the pole of a streetlamp. Thanks to this hollow feature, the cloud is less heavy than the common traffic signage elements and the effect of the wind on it is also less damaging for the streetlamp.

The attachment system is thought to support the effect of the wind and to avoid the cloud to turn around the pole. The outer surface of the cloud has a thin line that follows the outline as a wrinkle for the rain water to falls down and to get a dry space under the cloud when it’s raining. This line writes “There is no such as thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”, a quote by John Ruskin.

Mentor: Dick van Hoff