THE STRUCTURE OF THE STREET
The unique grain of the street generated by the structure of its surrounding industrial buildings.
Applying a structural grid system allows the street to adopt a unique urban grain and provides an ordered system for movement, events and street structures,whether they be permanent or temporary. The structure of the street is derived from that of its surrounding industrial buildings; meaning it is regular in some places and not in others in order to continue the character and existing grain of the area through contemporary change. The system put in place allows for permanent foundation pads to be installed for temporary structures to attach quickly and easily - ultimately encouraging the use of temporary street interventions and arts installations. Additionally, the temporary/semi-permanent street print follows the adopted grain to align with its context and give legibility throughout the street.
Read about the street landscaping and artwork here.
The street intends to act as an ‘urban lab’ for trial project, pilot schemes and temporary interventions. Providing a street ‘structure’ sets a framework for installation and initial (non restrictive) guidelines for any future projects - long term or short term.
The Found Materials: Parklet project demonstrates a live project being design and constructed to activate and occupy residual space. This scheme is also an example project for the encouraged projects to be tried and tested throughout Miln Street.
StreetWorks intends to develop in a way that allows for these projects to form and be curated via the online community.
“Public space is the background of our daily life and the framework of our professional research. Both the progressive disappearance of communities from the collective spaces of the city and contemporary society that is always changing in both form and needs, prompted us to start a research project on contemporary public space.
Mobility, flexibility, transiency and globalization are elements of the contemporary society that are reflected in a public space that no longer meets the real and immediate needs of the community.
Our goal is to respond to new social needs through experimentation in public space, we try to optimize the resources available and to create a synergy between different types of “urban waste”: waste materials, residual spaces and forgotten or uncommon uses. Public acts, minimum infrastructures, DIY workshops are the tools we use to intervene in reactivating common spaces
The images below demonstrate an installation by Orizzontale in the Azores Islands. To read the full article click here.