Public Space Behaviorology in Switzerland – Final Review
Sound of Meditation
Composed of a bird bath and a pathway, the project is a meditation space enriched by the sound of water and the chirping of birds placed above a biodiversity zone. The meditative pathway leads to a platform with a seating opportunity. Rising above the ground, the installation has a minimal impact on the ground and plants present at the site. As a transparently glazed timber construction, the installation is complementing the natural flair and forms a coherent appearance on site.
Right next to a participatory agricultural field and the Buhnstrasse bus stop, IntiMate provides different levels of privacy and thereby allows visitors to experience the exposed location differently. The structure is made of a bamboo frame and textile walls and roofs. The roofs can be pulled down and used for seating. Additionally, Bamboo mats allow invite you to sit on the floor. Knots hold the Bamboo rods together, allowing for easy assembling and dismantling of the structure.
Facing Markus church’s northern entrance, three prototype chairs offer multiple sitting postures. Introverted or extroverted arrangements let the visitor experience different relationships with the public space. The chairs are a product of continuous improvement by design iteration, both in planning and construction. Which one do you find most comfortable?
A series of benches, combining seating and playing bring people together in a fun way. The benches are placed in a public playground and offer something for all ages. The benches as game, where juggling balls have to be thrown into holes. “Targets” are integrated into the backrest. How many points can you score? Play against yourself or others and keep track of your points by using the point counters integrated within the installation.
Placed on a centrally located playground at Oerlikon station, surrounded by a busy public transport hub, the installation puts the fragmented elements of the playground in relation and connects them. Adjustable hammocks, suspended from cables within a wooden frame, allow people to sit and rest. A moveable roof provides shade and protection from the rain. Lowered, the roof creates a visual barrier and allows people to find tranqui- lity while accompanying their children.
This installation is a foldable, mobile bar. The bar consists of two wings each with its own foldable tabletops. Amongst the amenities of the KlappBar are the integrated cooling box, a retractable sunroof and foldable stools. It serves as an attractive gathering point and exchange spot during events or after work. Initially, at the entrance of ONA, its flexible dimensions, adaptability and movability allow it to be set up anywhere else and offer refreshments or relaxations.
Eight mobile modules: four long benches, three stools and one table, form a flexible seating opportunity that encourages different forms of gathering. The arrangement of seating and the height of the table is adjustable according to users’ needs. Benches are illuminated from the inside, attracting users in ONA’s corner entrance even at night. Inspired by sailing ships, the project is made of wooden frames, sailing fabric and ropes to create a weatherproof, durable, light and harmonic furniture.
Located on the south side of the ONA building on the sidewalk, this herb garden invites you to spice up your food, brew fresh tea or simply upgrade a glass of water. A roof provides the right amount of water and sun to the plants, while also providing shade for the users. Foldable, lightweight chairs can be used to sit around the table. The height-adjustable table, surrounding the planter can be lowered and used as a bench for additional seating.
Along the Day
On the 1st of June, the final review of the Architectural Behaviorology Design Studio took place in the neighborhood of Seebach and the ONA Building of D-ARCH. The people had to explore the eight installations built by students. With the help of a map, they explored and discovered the projects. At each installation, students presented their ideas and the process which has led to their final installation.
The day had been concluded with a final discussion that highlighted that the semester’s exercise allowed to rethink the way of behaving in the public space. The way of sitting, of lying down but also of engaging or not in a social experience. The richness of working in a 1:1 scale allowed a direct dialogue with the city and the understanding of material, joints and space.
We would like to thank all stakeholders and actors of the 5 sites Arbnor Kryeziu, Julia Hofstetter, Nathalie Becker, Roberto Ranieli, Thomas Kurer, Stefan Kürner, the Querbeete association.
Our Guest Christina Kundert, Elli mosayebi, Joseph Schwartz, Martin Bruellhardt, Nathalie Becker, Stephan Senn, Thomas Kurer and Tom Avermaete.
And of course, we thank and congratulate all our students for their tremendous effort and energy all along this year: Abigail, Albert, Alessandro, Alessandro, Alexander, Alina, Anaëlle, Andri, Anina, Anna, Anna Maria, Anna-Lena, Antonia, Aparna, Arianna, Benjamin, Carolyn, Constantin, David, David, Deepthi Maria, Dimitri, Esad, Eva, Fabian, Fidania, Finia, Flavia, Florian, Gino, Gion, Iris, Joel, Jonas, José, Kim, Kornelia, Laura Luz, Laurenz, Leandro D., Leandro R., Lorenzo, Lucas, Lucy, Lukas, Marie, Michelle, Moira, Monique, Nadjeschda, Nicolas, Nora, Pietro, Simon, Sofia, Timea, Timon, Timothy, Valentina, Yannis, Yufei.
Jun. 07, 2022