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    Public Vote Instructions

    We have migrated our usual public vote contest from Facebook to avoid spamming and voting bots. Two free copies of #mOOO2 publication will be gifted to the two teams with the most votes. To encourage meaningful discussions, we are also giving out one free copy to the best comment out there.

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  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:38 pm
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    m1082
    Curating London. London is home to numerous museum, galleries and other institutions, attracting hundreds of people every day. Some of these establishments rely on visitors as a partial source of income, through the fees and merchandise. The recent global pandemic affected almost all countries in the world. Countries with high number of positive COVID-19 had to go through a lockdown and social distancing order, which led to a situation where museums and galleries had no visitors and had trouble staying afloat. This issues led to the idea of utilising POPS to reintroduce the people of the importance of museum for a cultured society. The Coal Drop Yard (CDY) is the main POPS for the event. The idea is to create a Pop-up Pavilion, which acts as an iconic advertisement “object” for the museums. The Industrial Revolution 1.0, a historic era in the development of London, inspires the design of the pavilion. The materials used in that era explored. The roof is covered by LED strips light, creating a visual effect promoting the museums and galleries while internally, the Pavilion provides seating and multiple touch screens, engaging the visitors with virtual interactive information and games. It is hoped that the Pavilion will attract the people to the CDY and create awareness about the importance of public institutions.

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:35 am
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      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great 👍👍👍

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:36 am
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      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great 👍👍👍

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:36 am
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      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great 👍👍👍

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:38 am
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      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great 👍👍👍

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:38 am
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      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great work👍👍👍

    • Fazral Fuad

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      November 3, 2020 at 12:23 am
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      Great work!

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    m1432

    PROJECT TITLE: RIBS STRUCTURE I GARDEN WALK
    KEYWORDS: Ribs Structure & Garden Walk

    Festival:
    A beautiful and peaceful environment can always appease people’s soul. Garden Walk is an event that allows the general public to walk into a green zone covered by a big piece of landscape art painting, the visitors will experience plenty of species of landscape elements surrounding them, like a forest in a city. By bringing the green elements into an urban plaza area, the Rib Plaza can instantly become an interesting and exciting area for all of the people living there or even foreigners to visit and have a walk.

    Design Intention & Expectation:
    The balance between ‘Temporary & Sustainable ‘and ‘Human & Nature’ is the question that appears in the initial and final stages of the design work. The main object for this project is about bringing the ‘green zone’ closer to people’s daily life also hope the visitors can let go of the fatigue of life and take a deep breath inside the Plaza.

    Indoor Walkway
    By following the pattern of the arches next to the site, creating a sort of ribs structure that having a different height, can form a wave shape and allow to put different kinds of landscape elements inside the plaza. There is two sides walkway that connects to the north and south entrance and guiding people to follow, moreover, there are some intersection points within their journey.

    Outdoor Platform
    It is a relatively smaller green area but the objective to create a small platform is to provide a gathering area instead of a walkway. The ribs are the entrances to get into the platform, and there are some of the wood deck is replaced to lawn. Also, in the middle of the platform, there will be a featured landscape exhibition to draw people’s attention.

    • Hui Ka Ki

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:18 pm
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      👏👏Good intent

    • De Kevin

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:49 pm
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      Great work 💡💡

    • De Kevin

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:49 pm
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      Great work 💡💡

    • Candice Lam

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      November 2, 2020 at 9:49 am
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      great work!:)

    • Joel Lee

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      November 2, 2020 at 9:49 am
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      Lovely design

    • Joel Lee

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      November 2, 2020 at 9:50 am
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      Lovely design 😍😍

    • Candice Lam

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      November 2, 2020 at 9:50 am
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      Amazing!:)

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  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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    m1562

    Street Space

    Streets are places to assemble, interact, gather and protest. They are the distilled and crystallized embodiment of publicness. They are the stage for improvisation and the fundamental forum for exchange. As the warp and weft of the city, they mask, they reveal, they exhibit, and they frame the life around them and in them. As spaces of transient occupation, they democratize, equalize, and potentiate the disenfranchised. The street is where categorical thinking ends. The essence of the street is exteriority. Utilitarian, unmarked, unmasked, the street’s ubiquity is what hides it from our perception, but also what allows it to hold center stage for the construction of urban life.

    With this project, we introduce the pure, democratic street into privately-owned public spaces to question this harsh demarcation. It borrows the symbolism of the basic threshold between the London row house façade and sidewalk to give the experience of ‘stepping out’ new dimensions and meaning. Rather, we propose a ‘stepping in’ to the street. This project situates itself on the boundary between the house and the street. It blurs the boundary between what is inside and what is outside, what is street and what is space. The streets are ours.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:43 pm
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    m1572

    Title : CPR_CDY POPS represents.

    POPS is a space created by providing private space to some public. To be a good POPS, should be win-win for both two different spaces public and privates. The private sphere is no longer an exclusive category that opposites with the public sphere. Good POPS is the possibility for a new public space occurred in broken boundaries between private and public spaces. For example, gathering space between a subway station and shopping mall is such a POPS. The place where the public can use in various ways (passing, waiting, or resting), while the people naturally flow into the mall. The POPS benefits both private stores and the public.

    How do we create a POPS in CDY?

    The Regent’s Canal was a passage of trade in London in the past. Lost of its function as a commercial traffic, it becomes a comfortable public space for people to freely enjoy leisure amenities today. The design brings water (public character) from canal to CDY. Waterfall shaped as a column from wide to narrow, connect spaces horizontally and vertically. As More Users aimlessly look at an intuitive falling water columns and approach it, The POPS would be called by their own name. falling water columns connects and maximizes people access and give them free movements. In these multi-functional space, various needs of different user would have real broken the boundaries of the two spaces down and allows them to get better value from each other.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:45 pm
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    m1892

    Bagley’s 24h – Transformation of Nightclub

    Keywords: Nightclub, Transformation

    Description: At its purest form, public space should be a destination for people to gather, relax, and play. Sadly, in reality, the POPs are often left empty or underdeveloped due to management and property issues, which is not just the case in London. Therefore, we proposed event space as an attractor in POPs, where people are self-initiated and adopt the place during a different time of the day. Having been a cradle for the club culture in London, the history of Bagley’s, the once renowned nightclub in the Coal Drops Yard should be respected. Considering the limited usage of the open plaza in Coal Drops Yard on weekends, the notion of nightclub is translated into a box which closes at daytime and opens in night time, in order to create a place populated with vibrancy for anytime. In daytime, the surfaces of the closed installation are utilised as a playground, the club for children, with its surface playful furniture. The box opens at night and it becomes a free dancefloor opening and welcoming for public participation. It becomes a venue where people celebrate and meet under a vibrant atmosphere. Considering a larger scale, the installations are located at any of the POPs to revive and celebrate the nightclub culture, as well as a promotion of the Coal Drops Yard to attract people flow.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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    m1992

    Project Title: TOP OF THE POPS!

    Keywords: ‘Gamification’, ‘publicness’

    TOP OF THE POPS!

    As the number of Privately owned Public spaces (POPS) increasingly dominate the Capital, a solution which brings ‘publicness’ back into the forefront of placemaking is vital to reduce the spread of overcontrolled and saturated spaces. By using the same methodology as everyone’s favourite capitalist game, Monopoly, the ‘TOP OF THE POPS’ scheme links all major POP sites across London through a unique ‘gamification’ solution. The proposal seeks to dive into the controversies over POPs and celebrate them with a twist.

    Each site within central London is linked with a theme that challenges the foundations of POPs, varying between ownership, management, accessibility and inclusiveness. By introducing the game into the city, we developed activities which respond to the needs of enhancing publicness in each space such as freedom of speech, taking photos, demonstrating and busking.

    The Coal Drops Yard site has been injected with a narrative focused mainly on freedom of speech. Tubular sound tunnels race around creating spaces that cater to activities like sitting, socialising, and playing. All tubes are connected to the speech tower, built up of a conglomerate of sound tubes giving the demonstration a fixed centre point and a hierarchy. This allows players to speak their mind freely, without being on the site, abiding by the site’s rules. As with most games, there is an element of risk where the player can choose to speak their mind on site, but do so with great caution or a trip to security jail could be on the cards.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm
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    m2252

    Happy POPS

    The project draws from the issue of the privately owned public spaces, pondering and recognizing its vast potential through the (in)materialization of an utopical proposal.

    Developing a de-programmed, replicable, and modificable infraestructural system capable of hosting diverse programmatic, spatial and relational experiences. Flexibility, connectivity and multiplicity are taken as the main goal of the intervention.

    Flexibility is understood as a state of consciousness about a system open to possible imprevisible changes. Connectivity is about the possibility of the infrastructure of being replicated and settled down in other urban spaces, making them take part in an urban network of interventions, but also about the capability of the boxes of being disposed in a way they connect to their surroundings, like the Coal Drops Yard.

    Multiplicity refers to simultaneity of likely events, either intra-POPS or inter-POPS, making the intervention the stage of diverse activities.

    The concept proposed is a critical and ironical way of representing which is seen as the best possible solution against public spaces problems. A diverse, completely free full of possibilities, where everything can happen in any kind of place.

    However, this is not the full story. Because of its own nature, POPS control the public access and the activities that take place in them creating a fake feeling of diversity, liberty and publicity.

    If privately owned public spaces continue growing. Will public-public spaces continue existing?

    • Oploblongo Oploblongo

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      November 1, 2020 at 6:39 pm
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      Love how you manage the mood and the ambiance!

    • Vale Munist

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      November 11, 2020 at 2:21 am
      12 mPs

      Se ve muy interesante, fresco y divertido! Me encantaría que estuviese realmente construido para poder habitar y descubrir los distintos espacios que se proponen, felicitaciones!

    • Cra. FIORELLA RISSO

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      November 11, 2020 at 9:03 pm
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      💪

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm
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    m2572

    The project title: 《Rolling mist》

    Project description:

    As the storage center of Coal in Britain’s industrial era, Coal Drop Yard witnessed the birth and disappearance of London fog. When something goes away, it also becomes a thing to be remembered. The London fog, though harmful, still represents the romanticism of industrialization and is a powerful symbol of the worship of countries at that time.

    The project proposes a new festival, including lights, fog and interactive performances, to be held in rainy weather from September to November every year for a period of 3 months. The project is mainly composed of three elements: rolling element in movement, flowing fog under the touch and interactive projection in vision. Rolling is the core of the design of this project. 15 water crystals are installed with circular rollers at the bottom of the entrance to the site to promote people to enter the fog at different speeds. People’s contact with the fog and their walking track affect the flow velocity of the fog and form a variety of turbulence models. The architectural surface is supported by vivid projection technology. From the perspective of science, politics, literature and art in the Victorian era, computer technology is integrated with animation design, and the coal Drops Yard contour curve is combined to create a gorgeous interactive light and shadow performance.

    With the help of different forms of fog, the project turns the site into an outdoor art work at night, and at the same time brings a new opportunity to the development of urban economy, allowing all people to rediscover the vitality and charm of London fog in the streets of this historic capital.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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    m2932

    Socializing under a pandemic

    Inspired by the outbreak of COVID-19, this project aims to explore the potential interpersonal relationships and social dynamics of privately-owned public spaces (POPS). Our project is intended to be a series of temporary structures that can maximize unique qualities of POPS to facilitate human contact while maintaining safety and hygiene during pandemics.

    Our project focuses on how socialization and human interactions can resume under a pandemic to preserve the unique qualities and aspects of social cultures in major urban areas, such as London. However, under COVID-19 LondonÕs famous social life has been put to a grinding halt. Our group designed a blueprint to reintroduce social interactions throughout London by conglomerating our modules in key areas throughout the city. These clusters mimic the unique social dynamics and spatial qualities of a London pub as they offer Londoners the opportunity to reinitiate their social life without compromising their own safety. Our incorporation of local restaurants and catering services will also help reignite the local economy that had been heavily damaged by the pandemic.

    Our design relies heavily on the unique qualities and advantages of POPS as the private shopping complexes provide the amenities and services required for socializing. Our modules create a space that performs both the function of a public gathering venue as well as a space designed to complement the amenities of the private property surrounding it.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 12:59 pm
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    m2982

    London Jungle Series

    Keywords: Adaptability, Inclusivity

    The act of privatisation of public spaces devalues the social and cultural aspect of the public realm for the general population and only accommodates to a narrower private sector audience. Thus, there is a need for a more inclusive approach that allows POPS to become an integral part of the city and achieve a holistic public space.

    The London Jungle Series are temporary installations scattered across London. It reconceptualises the role of POPS through vertically adjustable circular platforms that can accommodate for different purposes. The design is intrinsically democratic in its use. Through a simple lifting column system, a person can adjust to suit their activity, such as: a podium, shelter from sun and rain, seats and table, a stall or a playground. The Jungle Series also aims to diversify the typology of privately-owned public spaces through its bright colours and the different elevations that can be achieved, encouraging public character to the space.

    Coal Drops Yard courtyard is currently perceived only as a passage from shop A to shop B. The jungle of opaque and transparent yellow discs adds visual rhythm to the heavily industrial site and provide an element of spontaneity to the once desolate pseudo-public space.

    The vibrant discs also allow to visually manifest the importance of social distancing by embracing it as part of daily life and encourage it through public architecture. Its added flexibility allows to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. Through the London Jungle Series, POPS can become a cherished urban component of the city.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:09 pm
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    m3062

    The tendency of programs to express themselves through isolated architectures urges us to consider innovation in programmatic versatility. Single solutions to a systemic problem are simply not enough. Distributed Dendrite Interface (DDI) is a radical urban intervention proposal that transforms the way we think about public spaces and its contexts.

    The debate of public spaces in London is rather bi-polar. The critique is that privately owned spaces tend to have various rules and limitation of access, resulting in a declination of total space, while the government-owned spaces tend to be left empty. DDI is a system that offers simple and repeatable reactions to this complex problem. For public spaces being developed by private entities, the government owns and maintains the “Links”, opening them to the public for free. The developers can attach their own “Nodes” to the Link, collecting the revenue generated from hosting them. In addition, they manage and accumulate revenue through third party Nodes providers who rent docking for events such as sports, clubbing, live performances and virtual experiences.

    The Links are structures that dock and connect Nodes and people. They are designed for individual sites and their specific contexts; in this case, the Link is the white spiral structure that serves as an observatory and an interactive sculpture. Sitting in the historic Coal Drops Yard, its form resembles the flame of coal-burning. Its material and spatial relationship reacts to the “Gasholder” building that sits immediately beside it.

    The Nodes, in this case the sphere-shaped spaces, are a series of “places” that can be plugged in and docked to the Link. The inspiration of this solution draws from Cedric Price’s Fun Palace and his idea of “plug-in programming.” The idea is that program is not limited to a stationary, permanent position, but can be plugged and unplugged, moved, altered and replaced as needed. No longer do “monuments” and “event spaces” have to exist as separate mono-functional pieces of the urban landscape, but now their relationship and connection to other functions can be defined by need. Public spaces can be more than one thing and serve more than one function. Our solution aims to rectify the incompatibility of architecture with our need to be flexible; finding a way to accommodate the built environment yet remain organically human. Loosening the strict unity between structure and use, city and population, community and individual, is a conversation initiated by creating the first DDI. The detail view shown in the triptych depicts an event-hosting Node offering people a virtual experience in a place of euphoria.

    The relationship of the Link and Nodes also draws inspiration from Rem Koolhaas’ critique on “globe and tower”, which was an unrealized inspiration to the typology of “Skyscrapers”. Distributed Dendrite Interface aims to suggest a new prototype that brings the “all-in-one” ambition to public spaces, making the forms of public spaces need-based, and growing them with the vision of the city.
    Distributed Dendrite Interface

    KEY REFERENCES

    FUN PALACE, Cedric Price, 1964
    GLOBE TOWER, Samuel Friede, 1906
    PARC DE LA VILLETTE, Bernard Tschumi, 1982
    DELIRIOUS NEW YORK: A RETROACTIVE MANIFESTO, Rem Koolhaas, 1978

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:12 pm
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    m3412

    Title: Work from Crane – a Homeless Metaphor of Work from Home

    Keywords: Crane, Homeless

    This project, Work from Crane, is a homeless metaphor of work from home.

    After the pandemic, London’s economy recovers steadily under a novel fashion – work from home, which has penetrated all industries. The concept of home is no longer only a residence, but also a necessity for employment. But for those who were rendered jobless or homeless during the pandemic, an unprecedented challenge had to be overcome: how could a homeless person work from home? This might form an epoch when job and home were once again symbiotic and bonded since centuries. Then we understood how startling if one loses either of them— could be a permanent depression.

    “Work from Crane” provides the jobless and homeless some vital equipment and a virtual stay so that these unfortunate workers could enjoy the fair right of reemployment and rehabilitation. These structures, if proven successful, were only meant to be transient. Therefore, components were temporarily borrowed from sea transportation industry during its halt, including cranes, cargo slots, containers and steel frames.

    As the capsule ascends high above the ground, one can overlook the whole of London and detach from the bustling streets, or sit at the edge of a moving crane and build up their emotions accumulated after the year of hard times. However, all capsules should descend back to the ground by sunset. Because after all, what “Work from Crane” could provide is only half a home – a daytime, instead of a nighttime residence. “Work from Crane” would forever be a metaphor of the other half, and the other half should always be explored with their own efforts.

    • Sze Man Ho

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:58 am
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      Pretty cool! Support you guys!

    • Sze Man Ho

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:58 am
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      Support you guys!

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm
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    m3452

    TETRIS OF WORKSPACE

    ‘Flexibility and adaptability of modern workspace’

    There has been a rise in self-employment in the UK even before the pandemic. Statistic states that by the fourth quarter (Oct to Dec) of 2019, there were more than 5 million self-employed people in the UK, up from 3.2 million in 2000. Self-employment has contributed strongly to employment growth in the labour market, with self-employed people representing 15.3% of employment, up from 12% in 2000.

    POPS could be associated as a mobile work place.

    One of the problems faced by POPS is that it lacks crowd. However, an opportunity has arise since the pandemic many have been working from home. It has a negative impact on mental health, as not being able to have a active social life as well as a productive home environment for work. Furthermore there is the anxiety in losing jobs that further encourage self-employment. This proposal could work as POPS is already well distributed in London, it will be easily accessible for many. Hence by providing a safe working space would encourage visits to these POPS site on a daily basis therefore a chance to revitalize the space. This will also relieve the negative impact on mental health for many, reassuring them they are socializing in a safe environment.

    Since there is a shift between traditional and modern workspace culture. It should be an opportunity to encourage the development of typology that adapts to the contemporary context.

    The design of these work spaces are based on three key ideas, mobility, flexibility in arrangement and user group orientated design. These are designed in modules for easy transportation and convenience in dismantling. Due to the consideration of covid-19, each of these modules are equipped with their own path way. Lastly aligning these modules in grid allow easy orientation for the user as well.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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    m3652

    THE LION HEAD

    The design is a historical rendering of the British colony under the wings of the Great British Empire. The lion head symbolises a kingdom of great power, The Great Britain. It reflects upon a vast empire that had impacted the world by its countless innovations in technology, agriculture, industry and infrastructure, education, administration and judiciary. The countries that were touched by this great empire have shown a remarkable progress in their development pursuits. In the quest to develop and conquer, what is left behind is a painting of a diverse pictures and colours expressing between power and greed, nobility and obscurity. The lion head portrays the various impacts of colonisation that it had on different nations, represented by the areas of POPS. The areas and issues covered are as follows. Firstly, The Coal Drop Yard is a showcase of a multicultural society which is portrayed in a diversity of colour and setting. Secondly, The Gasholder Park exhibits the British influence in government and administration. Thirdly, The Lewis Cubitt Park highlights the establishment of new market and the exploitation of natural resources of developing and third world nations. Finally, The Granary Square suggests how museums in Britain that keep artefacts from their original countries could give inaccurate history. The lion head is also an ambiguous satire that can be perceived as saviour or oppressor. In whichever image one sees it, it nonetheless is an amusing piece of sculpture in the environment.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:16 pm
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    m4482

    Trekking Down in Time:
    London Beyond Generations of Change

    #trekking #generations

    “Trekking Down in Time” is a one-month event on six privately-owned public spaces across London. The aim of the project is to exhibit the changes of London throughout the years to let visitors know more about the city, as well as to provide leisure excitement amid the pandemic. (In regard to COVID, social distancing strategy is applied by indicating density of visitors within the pavilion structure on the surrounding LED screen walls to achieve redistribution of visiting population.)

    The Trek – the six checkpoints are located at Coal Drops Yard, Potters Fields Park, Paternoster Square, Tate Modern, Central St. Giles and more London. They create a fun journey that spans across the city centre of London. Along the urban trek, visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere of old architecture and new redevelopment within the city.

    The History – Each chosen site has undergone significant redevelopments and embedded with rich history. As a method of documenting history and appreciating the city, a walking path with historical media projected on screen is incorporated as part of the design.

    The Activity – The choice of leisure activity has a huge impact on the popularity of the event. With reference to the leisure life in the 90s, the pavilion structure is designed to hold activities such as roller skating, bowling, cook-outs, outdoor movie, labyrinth walking and reading. These activities allow the public to enjoy the open space together and energizes the city once again during the pandemic.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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    m4652

    COAL OBJECT

    The Coal object is an eclectic interpretation of the absurdity of space, political turmoil, ownership, and opinions.

    Premise – The geologic section shows green flora at the top, layers of compression and coal at the bottom. The coal object utilizes the materiality of coal as a form of subtle protest amidst its history as a substance that formed the backbone for pushing forward the industrial revolution.

    This absurd setting is further defined by POPS, which we interpret as an infinite “privately owned publicly owned privately owned…” drama. Coal is seen as an object that liberates, in an absurd setting through an absurd steampunk social machine.

    The event – A chalk art festival. A silent protest through a temporal graffiti festival.

    The Black wall – Dividing the site into gathering pockets, the Charred wood walls form the social canvas where people write and protest through chalk, opting a visceral and subtle protest away from the smartphone.

    The Absurd Grid – Multiple monotone grids come together in an overlaid radical grid inspired by Branzi’s No stop city. The Absurd grid with its inter dependent mechanical objects serve to continuously erase the canvas i.e. “The Black wall”.

    Monotone Grids – The Kale grid with planters representing the green that births the coal becomes the salad bar. The Hearth grid with its nodes become social centres where barbecuing and fireside conversations occur. The Steam grid with its pipes and vents powered by activity of the hearth grid erases the The Black wall by spraying water and steam on the chalked canvas. These form the absurd grid – the gazing authority stifling our voices.

    In a society of increasing complexity much like the geologic section, contradictions arise. Tectonic shifts of varied opinions and perspectives across spectrums which never align serve to entertain the coal object – a never ending drama of the void.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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    m4832

    ANAMORPHOSIS: British Movies through Virtual Reality

    Londoners have an immense love for film, music, and visual arts. These are evident from the number of cinemas, concert halls, and galleries in London. London, like other cities, is progressing along with the 4th Industrial Revolution. Which includes state-of-the-art innovations in digital media. Hard-working Londoners often de-stress by taking part in outdoor activities and socializing with friends. This proposal aims to create an anamorphic illusion aided by virtual reality. Participants or observers could enjoy interactive games and displays. Empowering the boundless possibilities of their imagination. In celebration of POPS, the idea is to create an event where Londoners could participate in virtual reality missions with British films as a theme. Using pods on a vertical curved track, POPS participants could enjoy an immersive 6D game experience. Starting from any designated POPS and using multiple combinations of routes to encounter different missions. This would feed their sense of enjoyment while igniting their curiosity to participate repeatedly. In CDY, users could participate in virtual reality games that refresh weekly. Individual users could use similar moving pods like the ones used at other POPS venues. Users can play a multiplayer game in the projection dome while observers enjoy the game projected on the surface of the dome. CDY users can watch holographic imageries displayed within the two twisted pillars on the provided seating. The proposal intends to provide spaces where users could travel beyond the bounds of their imaginations while allowing others to view and appreciate the beauty of the participants’ ingenuities.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm
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    m5352

    POP-therapy

    ”What you consider truth, depends on how you look at it”- Olafur Eliasson.

    In our quest to produce nature-driven design, we focused on the intersection of Covid-19 and POPS. The people of London have lived restricted lives through Summer 2020, with growing despair and claustrophobia. In comparison, the notion of POPS also presents physical and mental restrictions.

    We, a team of designers who have previously lived in London, have felt a sense of isolation and aloneness that is unusually characteristic of the city; only aggravated by Covid. We aim to recast this city of gloom into one that signifies hope. Our goal: to help people de-stress, and strip POPS of strict usability. In fact, we redefine POPS as urban acupuncture, providing relief from general ennui. Our spaces at CDY, Liverpool Street, Regent’s Place and Leadenhall, sit adjacent to the busiest stations where people can embrace mental health more actively.

    Our event accentuates sunlight and colour as elements driving the design, with users more cognisant of their natural surroundings. Sunlight is assimilated through screens which strikes the prism, refracting light in a rainbow spectrum; inspired by the sundials at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. The screen is fashioned from wooden planks, representative of the great outdoors.

    The proposal uses POPS as a starting point but extends across a boundary-less site. The abstract interventions adhere to no functional constraints, and remain open to interpretation: the user repurposes POPS through personal visualisation. Our design exists because the user exists.

    At a time of high public despair, this is a flexible answer to a longstanding concern. People fighting low spirits can mould their experience of the space, light and event, finding new purpose in accord with nature and community. This feeling of independence and self-determination will be the new picture of Summer 2021.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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    m5422

    Chills Cheers

    The city of London is well known for its Hospitality and Elegancy and people of London have created an unique daily life culture as 1. Morning Exercises 2. Newspaper Reading 3.Hearty Brunch 4. Afternoon Tea 5. Dog Walk 6. Evening Dance Party which reflect a sustainable and delightful way of living.

    Our planned event aims at celebrating London everyday lifestyle and here we propose an “One Day POPS “ event series at 6 POP fields in the King’s Cross Area. “1.The Breath” at Lewis Cubitt Park , “2.The Read” at Gasholder Park, “3. The Cheers” at Coal Drop Yard , “4. The Tea”at Pancras Square Leisure , “5. The companion” at Handyside Garden Regent’s Canal Front , “6.The Chills ”at Granary Square

    “Cheers” project for Coal Drop Yard site promotes safe and lovely touch between people while Covid 19 has prevented us from close body greetings. Sets of champagne glass sculpture made of Glass silica gel gather around, revitalizing central square of coal drop yard. Flexible arrangement of champagne glasses enable playful decorations for the site, in the scenario of double champagne glass groves , it opens up upright alley for visitors while in the scenario of champagne glass bouquet , the central become more cheerful and compacted.

    Usually, People take one champagne glass seat, triggering “cheer” action, “champagne glasses” touch each other and send sweet “cheers” greetings , forming into beautiful echoes in the yard. This is the most healing moment for us, which is full with warmth, care and happiness. With the prominent Heatherwick’s KISS as background, “Cheers” celebrates connections between individuals, providing subtle and fun socialise opportunities for the public.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:23 pm
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    m5562

    Infesting Balconies
    During the ages one architectural feature stands out among festival settings: from Renaissance to Baroque theaters, from sports events to experimental stages, the balcony always covered a protagonist role. Even during the pandemic, when the balcony became the only source of external contact during lockdowns, public displays of communitarian spirit (i.e. clapping flash mobs) took place via windows and balconies.

    This project explores the possibility of the combination of stairs+screen+balcony as a tool for both shaping and enjoying public performance spaces with minimal means and simple constructions. The system spreads throughout the city following POPS geometries as an infesting plant, giving new meaning to the public space as a stage in a broader sense. If interventions in CDY and Victory Park, in fact, define negative spaces suitable to more traditional entertainments (theater, music, sports, …), their river counterparts in the London Eye and the Tower Bridge introduce the idea of appropriation of the Thames as a space for, for example, regattas or water shows.

    The facades themselves cover a pivotal role, not only as means to divide the space, but as a socially distancing device that easily transforms the pre existing setting.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:26 pm
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    m5612

    A[RT]SCEND: AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY

    Before its regeneration and gentrification, King’s Cross used to harbour left-wing organisations and numerous activist groups. Notorious for drugs, sex work and homelessness, it bore rebellious energy, where people with common viewpoints became united and stood for their beliefs. Today, this once dangerous district has transformed into a neighbourhood with posh retail shops. The energy it had has now dissolved. King’s Cross needs to be safe and liveable, yet still, harbour the edgy and expressive spirit it once had. A[RT]SCEND is an attempt to recapture the spirit of finding oneself through an artistic journey of self-discovery. This event, which will last for two months, will serve as an art competition open to the worldwide public. Participants would submit their creations online, which will then be curated and projected at CDY and selected public spaces using Kinetic Sculpture Pods. Artworks projected will change weekly, according to specific themes or the latest trending topics. This event aims to create a new setting to experience artwork of others and to inspire the artist in everyone. The form of the tower and pods presents itself as the statement piece. The configuration of the pods enables visitors to touch and walk through them and view artwork from different angles. Visitors will then ascend the Tower of Tranquillity, where they will experience hypnotherapy aided by digital illusions and hypnotic music. The Peak of Freedom, the sound-absorbing space at the topmost level, offers the visitors total silence. Visitors are free to meditate or spend some time away from the bustling noise below.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    m6212

    Adaptable Street Furniture

    The design democratises the configuration of privately-owned public spaces by returning a degree of control to the public.

    By winding wooden discs vertically along threaded steel columns, the user is free to decide how the installation should serve the space. The surfaces can rise from seat-level to become tables, and even lifted overhead to create rudimentary shelter.

    The adaptability of the design allows it to strike a balance between the needs of the private owner, who can loosely define the overall layout of the furniture, and its users, who control its permutation.

    The modular system comprises a series of repeated components and integrates lighting to illuminate the installations at night. Its rounded forms encourage playful interaction and experimentation from the users of the space. Construction toys were a source of inspiration.

    The event will take place over the course of a month, in the following locations in central London:

    1. Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross
    2. Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields
    3. More London, Southwark

    In the context of COVID-19 the installation can easily be reorganised to facilitate physical distancing in a more (or less) extensive configuration appropriate to the local risk level.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm
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    m6442

    CONNECTIONS THROUGH LANDSCAPE

    The privatization of public land is a growing phenomenon occurring in cities such as London. The transformation of public spaces has given rise to Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS). The Coal Drops Yard (CDY) is a unique space where art, business, and culture convene. The goal of this project is to celebrate and enhance the CDY as well as other POPS through connection, interaction, and linkage.

    This installation is meant to take place during the summer season. The connection and interaction occur between residents and visitors with the installations through the inviting contours and by providing greenscape spaces throughout the busy city of London. Another design intent of these installations is to create interconnection and linkage between different POPS through the spread of similar installations. This way, these installations are visually connected, inviting pedestrians to explore more of the city.

    “Architecture is the practice of designing human environments through the arrangement of form and voids to support human activity – with a stress on the ‘human’ part of the statement” (Plowright 3). This project strives to create a space that is heavily influenced by human movement, activities, needs, and interactions. The human body and its positions informed the contours of the installations, which were parametrically designed. Additionally, these installations are designed through the consideration of the site’s topography, circulation, and boundaries.

    References

    Plowright, Philip D. Making Architecture through Being Human: a Handbook of Design Ideas. Routledge, 2020.

    • Ian Timmis

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      November 1, 2020 at 6:20 am
      12 mPs

      Incredible work

      • Patricia Alvarez

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        November 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm
        12 mPs

        I love the concept, we need open areas that allow socializing while maintaining distance.

      • Shelby Schostak

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        November 11, 2020 at 3:09 am
        12 mPs

        Love this concept!

      • Ron Rader

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        November 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm
        12 mPs

        The interplay of the structures along with surrounding elements is very thoughtful

      • Ayat Sleiman

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        November 11, 2020 at 10:36 pm
        12 mPs

        Bravo, great idea.

    • Andreas Tsenis

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      November 1, 2020 at 9:48 pm
      14 mPs

      So talented. Love it

    • Andreas Tsenis

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      November 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm
      14 mPs

      So talented.

    • Courtney Sturgis

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      November 2, 2020 at 12:20 am
      12 mPs

      Stunning work. It just makes sense.

    • Brianna Fuller

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      November 2, 2020 at 1:34 am
      12 mPs

      Visual connection into and around spaces can dramatically alter the use of said spaces. Realistic, simplistic and graceful design, great work!

    • Brianna Fuller

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      November 2, 2020 at 1:34 am
      12 mPs

      Visual connection into and around spaces can dramatically alter the use of said spaces. Realistic, simplistic, and graceful design, great work!

    • Steven Timmis

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      November 2, 2020 at 2:01 am
      12 mPs

      Wow!

    • Steven Timmis

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      November 2, 2020 at 2:10 am
      12 mPs

      Great work! 🦖🦕🦖🦕🦖

    • Greg Martin

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      November 2, 2020 at 3:10 am
      12 mPs

      Nice Work!

    • Andrea Mantke Alvarez

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      November 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm
      12 mPs

      Wonderful work :0

    • Kelli Cassidy

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      November 10, 2020 at 5:33 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing work!

    • 동우 염

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      November 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm
      12 mPs

      Thoughtful approach, great outcomes. Nice work!

    • Alejandro Buenfil

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      November 10, 2020 at 5:48 pm
      12 mPs

      Awesome idea! Creating green spaces in cities such as London would be very popular, especially for the residents. This project is creating somewhat private moments while allowing social distancing and at the same time it is not cutting them off from the people or site

    • Mariana García Lassard

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      November 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm
      12 mPs

      💙👏🏼🤞🏼

    • Mariana García Lassard

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      November 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm
      12 mPs

      💙👏🏼🤞🏼

    • Danielle Rozsnyai

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      November 10, 2020 at 6:20 pm
      12 mPs

      So great!!

    • Jorge David Velázquez Cupido

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      November 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm
      12 mPs

      Awesome! I love the concept! Best of luck!

    • Channelle Holly

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      November 10, 2020 at 7:15 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing work & concept!!!

    • Yeman Al-Rawi

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      November 10, 2020 at 8:23 pm
      12 mPs

      Beautiful concept.

    • Daniela Moctezuma

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      November 10, 2020 at 9:09 pm
      12 mPs

      😍😍☺

    • Daniela Moctezuma

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      November 10, 2020 at 9:10 pm
      12 mPs

      😍😍☺

    • Daniela Moctezuma

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      November 10, 2020 at 9:10 pm
      12 mPs

      nice 😍😍☺

    • Daniela Moctezuma

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      November 10, 2020 at 9:11 pm
      12 mPs

      nice😍

    • Samantha Díaz

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:42 am
      14 mPs

      Love the idea, Great project 😍

    • Samantha Díaz

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:42 am
      14 mPs

      Love the idea, Great project 😍

    • Luis Ponce

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      November 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing concept! 👍

    • Luis Ponce

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      November 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing concept! 👍

    • Luis Ponce

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      November 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing concept! 👍

    • Dazzmin Dabish

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      November 11, 2020 at 3:59 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing work! I love it!

    • Josh Briell

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      November 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm
      12 mPs

      I dig it, Excellent work!

    • Atlaure Hayes

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      November 11, 2020 at 4:05 pm
      12 mPs

      This is dope! 🧡

    • Miranda Klemp

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      November 11, 2020 at 4:40 pm
      12 mPs

      Love this concept! We need more spaces like this!

    • Ricardo Sosa

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      November 11, 2020 at 6:11 pm
      12 mPs

      Incredible work! Congratulations 👏

    • Ricardo Sosa

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      November 11, 2020 at 6:12 pm
      12 mPs

      Incredible work! Congratulations 👏

    • Steven Williams

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      November 11, 2020 at 6:54 pm
      12 mPs

      Great work!

    • Melina Ávila

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      November 11, 2020 at 7:38 pm
      12 mPs

      Amazing project that goes beyond a sole idea, it tells a story and purpose which are extra relevant in these times. Loved it

    • Nicole Goldi

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      November 11, 2020 at 8:03 pm
      12 mPs

      Love connecting with landscapes 😍

    • Sandy Yousif

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      November 11, 2020 at 9:08 pm
      12 mPs

      Fascinating take on the interaction of humans with environment! Great work! 🙂

    • Yun Rojas

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:13 pm
      12 mPs

      Loved it!! Great idea 👌🏻

    • Yun Rojas

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:14 pm
      12 mPs

      Loved it!! Great idea 👌🏻

    • Yun Rojas

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:14 pm
      12 mPs

      Loved it!! Amazing idea

    • Yun Rojas

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:16 pm
      12 mPs

      Nice concept! Congrats 🎉

    • Scott Shall

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      November 11, 2020 at 10:44 pm
      12 mPs

      Great concept! Smart design.

    • Laura Rosenhagen

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      November 11, 2020 at 11:59 pm
      14 mPs

      Amazing talent <3

    • Jimena Flores

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      November 12, 2020 at 2:13 am
      12 mPs

      Amazing!!

    • Ale LV

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      November 12, 2020 at 4:57 am
      12 mPs

      Amazing job! Congratulations!

    • Tyquan Jackson

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      November 12, 2020 at 3:22 pm
      12 mPs

      This is my favorite concept. Simply put, its amazing

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:31 pm
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    m6502

    POPup in [POPS]

    POPup in [POPS] is a speculative temporary installation designed to reduce the anxieties of socialising in POPS, the undulating curtains create a series of loosely programmed and weaved pockets and a seemingly endless vertical surface which incites playfulness and movement around CDY. The curves of the POPup fit in perfectly with the curved kissing roofs of CDY.

    The installations are spread all over Central London in various POPS with contexts and themes different to CDY, and each of them near an Underground Station, which visitors can visit in a day, through “Tube Hopping”.

    These urban interventions can pop-up all over London’s POPS and disappear after a few weeks, given that they are temporary spaces. The intervention celebrates the past and the future of the CDY by reviving the 90s club scene by proposing POPup DANCE, MUSIC, DRINKS & EATS. Which supports local artistes and vendors and contributes economically to the people performing and selling there. This successively turns the club scene inside-out, from the structure to the courtyard.

    The mist emitted from the vast tube positioned on top of the curtain coerces the users to see time passing as the mist cloud, which is larger than life, encapsulate and dissolve the boundaries of CDY, this invites visitors’ active participation and engagement.

    The spaces inside the drapes are mirror-clad which captures the visitors’ attention to the mist which represents the coal ash in the air, which was a result of dropping coal into storage, forcing the mind to be body conscious and experiencing the drapes from a different perspective. With Augmented Reality, the users can interact with the floating neon signs above each of the POPup’s using their phones and discover the spaces around CDY.

    • Tejal Bankar

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      November 2, 2020 at 9:36 am
      14 mPs

      Great Work!!🙌🏻

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    m6742

    Title: Holo-spring
    A merged concept of Play and Technology as an interpretation of the celebrated spring of London is envisioned for the Coal Drop Yard (CDY) Privately-owned Public Spaces (POPS). The scheme is a journey into a Playful Intelligent Space in the context of springtime. Alongside CDY, other London events that commemorate spring will be linked with CDY through augmented reality programmes. Events will be virtually accessible, embracing the new norm of social distancing. The scheme implements clean technology-led flowers presented as hologram projections. The pavilion, versatile in terms of its material, form, and structure promotes sustainability on the usage of holo-flowers and spaces for post-events. The pavilion has two pleated planes orbiting a flower statue, where hologram images are projected to the planes, creating a hologram-spring environment. There are four elements of play; the soft ground to emulate a sense of excitement, the journey on the planes, the spaces created by the intertwining of planes and the flower statue, as well as the hologram projections of spring environment throughout the event. Hologram technology is an effective means to elevate CDY as a retail centre, as it is an innovative way to promote and launch commercial products in events all over the world.

    • Sara Lee

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      November 1, 2020 at 8:08 am
      12 mPs

      Wow, imagine how cost effective this would be! Not only save up those decoration cost but it would also reduce unnecessary waste 🤔

    • Sara Lee

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      November 1, 2020 at 8:09 am
      12 mPs

      Wow, imagine how cost effective this would be! Not only save up those decoration cost but it would also reduce unnecessary waste 🤔

    • Izyan Azhari

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      November 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm
      12 mPs

      So attractive!

    • Hafizah KA

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      November 10, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:33 pm
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    m6892

    The Busk

    Most of the privately owned public spaces had banned buskers from busking. Therefore, the concept is to provide multiple spaces which allow buskers to perform in privately owned public spaces. In the meantime, attracting more people to come over to the site and economically benefits the developer as well.

    The approach for urban intervention is to have different kind of structure, creating spaces for buskers to perform. Places such as Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Park and Gasholder Park had been selected for running this proposal. That is because these places were well connected to the site in walking distance. Each place will have different designated area for buskers to perform while not affecting the existing programme.

    The Busk was design to accommodate people from every age range and also disabled-friendly. It has two levels and both levels were connected by ramps where people can skateboard or cycle without concern. Furthermore, buskers were given an opportunity to perform and earn some livings. In consider of the site context, The Busk was structure to be lower than the existing first floor level as it would block the view of the site. It has created a hierarchy in level where the people get to enjoy different experience from different levels. Also, implementing arches on the structure in respond to the existing site. It is a fun place for Londoners to stop by and enjoy various kind of performance by the buskers.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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    m7422

    Interactive Carousel

    Walking in a vitalised city, we anticipate the happening of coincidence. Apart from the daily travel between work and home, public space becomes a critical venue for us to meet others and to encounter variables in our life.

    When a presumption of activities is established within POPS as part of the spatial management, the region becomes exclusive to a sector of the public who have different intentions. POPS gradually become the appendant of commercial-led development projects, shading the true value of social interaction within the city.

    Everyone deserves the right to be present in anywhere of the city that is meant to be shared by the public. However, in the case of POPS, this should be agreed on the basis of mutual respect between the public and developer. Assembling at the centre of each POPS, the installation makes a statement about building the desired public space for community bonding:

    As an encouragement for public participation, the rotating structure allows visitors to control the way they want the seat/path to be. With the gear-like mechanism, the design brings out the message that one’s behaviour affects how others react, raising self-awareness in public space. Each of the semi-transparent canopy represents our individual presence. There would be conflict in between any form of congregation, but more important is that the overlapping of colours could always bring variety and produce harmonious ambience to the urban context.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:35 pm
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    m7542

    Metámorphe- The Synergy of P.O.P.Ss

    Metámorphe is an event that utilises the creativity and resources of public and private entities, in response to social and environmental issues. Rather than designing flashy novelties, which capture insubstantial public attention, my proposal aims to create the spatial conditions that can empower local communities, bringing economic and social values to a P.O.P.S.

    Each P.O.P.S presents a unique set of environmental and socio-economic factors, which requires distinct responses. In the case of the Coal Drop Yard, the site is nestled in the King’s Cross development, where a network of P.O.P.Ss are located in close proximity.

    The transient nature of this event demands the use of simple structures and recyclable materials, which allow for easy assembly and dismantling, between locations. Each intervention carries a function that addresses a specific request, but is not restricted by how it can be used.

    Metámorphe is conceived as one living organism, with dispersed sites, acting like organs that complement each other. Resources that are lacking on one site can be provided by another in a symbiotic manner.

    1. Granary Square: Solar Forest: A clean energy power source
    2. Wharf Roads Garden: Driftwood: A collection of canal facing urban furniture
    3. Gasholder Park: The Nest: A single dwelling, prototype solution to homelessness
    4. Lewis Cubitt Park: Helix Observatory: A tower with entwined twin ramps that enables social distancing
    5. Coal drop yard: In Bloom: A pavilion that can accommodate community events, with a self-reliant power source
    6. Pancras Square: The Basket: A rainwater harvesting basin
    • Lola Albarn

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      November 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm
      12 mPs

      An incredibly creative and well designed selection of P.O.P.Ss, each one with its own purpose and unique design, but they all fit so well together. Also I love the colour scheme of the three pieces!

      😍

    • Lola Albarn

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      November 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm
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      An incredibly creative and well designed selection of P.O.P.Ss, each one with its own purpose and unique design, but they all fit so well together. Also I love the colour scheme of the three pieces!

      😍

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:40 pm
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    m8122

    Live @CDY

    Live at Coal Drops Yard (CDY), is a concert series that brings together music and pop culture lovers with innovative technology and urban interventions. London’s nightlife venues are becoming more at risk than ever due to the pandemic. People are now more inclined toward outdoor activities for entertainment and social interactions. During the week, on days designated by the public and private owner, the Coal Drops Yard’s courtyard will be temporarily divided into three zones – the Ellipse (a pop-up event space), a relaxing urban park, and the existing retail spaces in CDY designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio.

    The Ellipse, a pneumatic – shell structure, reimagines the restrictive form of a typical outdoor concert venue and transforms the space into both a stage and seating for the audience. The 360-view design of the Ellipse, inspired by the courtyard’s historic Wharf Road Arches, allows for the audience to continue practicing social distancing while maintaining a clear view of the performance. The design features three sphere-shaped screens that hover above the courtyard to provide viewing for those visiting the retail stores or lingering on the terraces of the shopping centre.

    The urban park is designed for more intimate social interactions and can be the perfect resting place when in transition from Lewis Cubitt Square. The spacious seating and open field function as a space for the users who like to feel the live experience, but within their personal boundaries.

    Both of these redesigned spaces complement CDY’s already established retail operations by increasing exposure and subsequently, sales. With conscious design-thinking, pseudo-owned public spaces (POPS) have the unique opportunity to accommodate the interests of us all.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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    m8302

    The London Music : Celebrate Multicultural

    Why do we see differences in others? Although we know all humans are the same, our eyes perceive the diversity of the people around us, and to the uninitiated, we separate those who are different from us. This proposal highlights the concept of ‘unity by music’ showcased through a captivating structure installed at the centre of Coal Drop Yard, forming an interactive installation of music festivity that spread across other POPS of Central London. The design comprised of three components: i) The Playful Corner is located below the platform, punctuated with colourful tubes and a music hangout, which gives the vibe of a playful yet user-friendly playground. Colourful tubes of various sizes provide inter-connecting space inside and out. The music hangout act as a corner that vibrates with the musical beats of Londoners, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. A portion of the space is reserved as storage for the light wheel, ii) The Light wheel – a screen is attached inside the wheel that serves as an information display of a specific genre, type, or era of the music. The back of the wheels emits a specific colour at a time, each colour represents a set of musical content of Londoners’ diverse population. In short, the light wheel is a learning corner of music. c) The Platform – A curving green ramp lies atop of the playful corner. The ramp serves as an informal gathering space & performance area, challenging typical linear perception. The sloping ramp creates an open platform, shields the playful corner, and provides a hip ambience. These three components of the installation would provide participants with some knowledge of the London music scene and celebrate the diversity of the people through music.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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    m8642

    Work from Home

    The concept of privately owned public spaces in the city can be questioned more so now, than ever before. The way in which we use outdoor ancillary spaces should be re-thought and readdressed this year.

    The global pandemic brought an unprecedented wave of changes into all areas of life, particularly the way we work. For many it was a positive change.

    However there were many who felt a negative impact to this ‘new normal’. Affects on mental health were understandable either due to loneliness and isolation or being unable to seek privacy
    in a shared or family home.

    These would become significant issues with workers finding it increasingly difficult to perform at home and being relied on for the same job. For many there were concerns of keeping a healthy work life balance.

    This intervention proposes a test-run, modelling an ‘outdoor’ office using now dormant Privately Owned Public Spaces as temporary workplaces in times of crises or lockdown. Thus the intervention at Coal Drops Yard seeks to be to be a trial before being erected others across the city.

    Providing socially distanced, but physically and psychologically beneficial spaces to work. The individual ‘offices’ provide the essentials for wellbeing at work: light, connection to views and ecology, comfort, privacy, safety and social interaction with individual balconies – in turn aiming to enhance health and prevent the virus.

    Each worker uses a private booth, naturally ventilated, socially distanced encounters and connections to views and nature.

    In times of emergency a temporary installation with quick and simple construction is essential. To maximise safety one way access routes, bio resistant materials within the working booths. After this trial it is hoped that employers and investment companies behind the surrogate POPS will sponsor these projects.

    Whilst this level of intervention may seem dramatic, the pandemic brought an unprecedented threat to human health when it rapidly arrived. Emergencies like this show a need for plans on how use our ancillary spaces in way of recovery in the future.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    TITLE

    Transformation from social distance

    KEYWORDS

    Transformation, social distance

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Maintaining 1.5 meters from other people is necessary under social distance under COVID-19. Physical isolation is reflected on the low usage of public spaces due to avoidance of social distance. Public space plays an important role in maintaining a city’s social cohesion and citizens’ well-being.

    The concept therefore originates from the 1.5-meter distancing reference circles, as they transform into simple architectural modules after COVID-19. The contacting distance of people expands gradually, as the clusters of modules connect.

    Our design experiences 3 transformations – Reconnect, Recharge and Rebuild.

    “Reconnect” is the first phase of connecting POPs at King’s Cross Station in urban scale. Coal Drops Yard(CDY) serves as a hub as it intersects on the main pathways. In order to increase usage, the transformation of CDY should provide a variety of programs that fulfill different needs of people, thus reconnecting the POPs together.

    In the stage of “recharge”, the design follows the principles from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. “Food Bazaar” first fulfills physiological needs of human and forms a small self-sustaining marketplace for people to sell products freely. “Urban oasis” provides peace and security for people to recall the beautiful memories of the city. The “recharging corner” is a zone for people to regain the concept of time and physical accomplishments, such as exercising and planting. “Play space” is essential for unleashing creativity and thus developing social bonds and love with each other.

    Lastly, “rebuild” is a self-actualization process of the city and her people. As the modules develop during time, we encourage people to invent programs according to their will and state of mind. After the long COVID-19, we should remember the difficulties we have had and regenerate a new vision for public spaces, which is to rebuild the social atmosphere in London.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm
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    m8782

    LONDON GRAVITY LAB.

    The ‘London Gravity Lab.’ is a series of urban experiments combining art, landscape and scenography; a sensorial, immersive experience investigating aspects of leisure and active recreation to encourage visitors being active characters in the urban theatre, not just spectators.

    The temporary installations investigate the specific space character, understanding its historical and social role for London.

    The Festival has two goals:

    • To offer visitors an unconventional way to experience public realm, not just by walking or cycling but also jumping, floating and climbing.
    • On the other end we interpret the place’s memory, its genius loci, or spirit, in contrast with the contemporary design approach of public realm corporate homologation.

    Three main experimental clusters have been selected, but the same principles can be applied across all the POPs.

    1. CANARY PIERS – West India Quay

    A system of thematic floating platforms, evoking the importance of Canary Wharf, the world’s busiest docklands between XVIII and XIX Century, connecting London with the rest of World.

    1. CITY BUBBLES – Broadgate and Finsbury Squares

    This ironic installation reflects on Finance instability through a series of inflated balloons scattered across the City of London, turning it from the world trade markets’ Capital into a huge playground.

    1. KING’S NETS – King’s Cross and Coal Drop Yard

    This site was a complex system to process and distribute energy across London.

    The tensile netted structure represent and celebrate the old London’s industrial network. Visitors can climb it or pass underneath it, in the Meadow, a temporary garden where relax while dwelling across shops and cafes.

    • Giacomo Guzzon

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      November 3, 2020 at 3:55 pm
      12 mPs

      Bravi Raga! In bocca al lupo! Giac

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:49 pm
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    m9332

    Meritorious in Momento
    The industrial image of the locomotive station and conscientious Londoners, symbolic of King’s Cross past, are taken as the inspiration to conjure an idea to redefine public space. Regardless of the new norms of post-COVID-19, could architecture promote collaboration in isolation instead of being in complete isolation? The idea is to rethink the memorial experience using the architecture of space as a living organism. The public’s intervention is demonstrated by arranging a series of polyhedrons, creating both functional and experiential series of spaces. The event or installation accommodates geometric types of structure, encouraging the public to conceive a series of relationships and narratives. The month-long event consists of 4 weeks phases of polyhedrons assemblage programme that opened for the public to conceive the tesseracts. Assorted components of the Tesseract, in the form of polyhedrons, are spread out randomly in CDY. Public participation of assemblage events is guided by manuals of instruction for them to foregather the polyhedrons into Tesseracts. Each polyhedron is navigated via an analogue of a unique mechanism that manoeuvred in the (X, Y, Z) axis. The progress of augmenting the tesseracts occurred in stages each week. The cathartic effect of complete assemblage will conjure light particles that beams out as a reward and also a subtle metaphor of COVID-19 virus. Hence, the concept of isolation is juxtaposed by a series of delightful public collaboration that reflects how the community has adapted to the new norms to achieve completing the Tesseracts, commemorated as the memorial for Covid-19 casualties.

    • Eray Bejo

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      November 1, 2020 at 4:42 am
      12 mPs

      Visionaries yet simplify ideas! Great work👍👍👍

      • Aiman Al-Fahmi

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        November 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm
        18 mPs

        Thank you !😀

      • Aiman Al-Fahmi

        Member
        November 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm
        18 mPs

        Thank you !😀

    • Syaf Andy

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm
      12 mPs

      Such a brilliant idea dear, I wish you luck. Tabarakkallah😇✨✨

    • Balqish Nazrul Amin

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 5:11 pm
      14 mPs

      Well done !!

    • Aieyeesha Aidi

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 5:20 pm
      14 mPs

      Excellent work!!!

    • MUHAIMIN

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      November 5, 2020 at 5:27 pm
      14 mPs

      Great ideas! All the best

    • ashhar haidar

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 6:08 pm
      12 mPs

      Great use of visuals and narrative in delivering the intent kf the designn! Goodluckk!

    • ashhar haidar

      Member
      November 5, 2020 at 6:09 pm
      12 mPs

      Great use of visuals and narrative in delivering the intent of the designn! Goodluckk!

    • Luqmanlatifs

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      November 6, 2020 at 7:04 am
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      Ngamterr

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:51 pm
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    m9342

    Memento Historia

    London has evolved over its 2000-year existence to become one of the most culturally relevant cities in the western hemisphere.

    With London’s history written all over the city, Memento Historia aims to utilize the potential of POPS as a shared space to connect people with history. It is a celebration of the glorious days in the past at Thames River and Coal Drop Yard as main economy driver, which has gradually developed into places of interest in cultural and commercial aspects of London city.

    POPS are proposed at 3 historically rich sites born of wharf, railway and coals, which include Coal Drops Yard, Hay’s Galleria and More London. Modular structural system made of scaffolding is used for its flexibility in assembling and dismantling. Basic scaffolding components form cubic structures with loops of activity spaces.

    Free plan concept allows different configurations and adapts to a variety of site conditions. Space programming includes outdoor theatre, time tunnel and memory lane to educate the public on history; charge n go, viewing deck and hammock for leisure while pocket market to promote local business. The circulation is designed in one-way direction to control social distancing in response to the global pandemic.

    Malcolm X once said, “History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” While distinguishing London as a city of innovation, culture and growth, history is still alive. It needs a memento to hold London’s glory in remembrance.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:53 pm
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    Totally Strangers: Meetings Through a Mirror

    Totally Strangers is an event that aims to establish safe social interaction between strangers, whether that be a date or a friendly hangout. Meeting strangers can be daunting during a pandemic, but ‘Meetings Through a Mirror’ ensures everyone’s safety through its carefully crafted design. Not only does the event get people out their comfort zones in hard times, but it also advocated the use of POPs and livens the area.

    The site at Coal Yards Drop is layered with a 2m by 2m grid that ensures social distancing measures. The square grid is then shaped into triangles to form the bases of the design. The grid allows a two-meter distance between each triangular module, which creates a corridor that promotes the ambience of a regular restaurant. Since the design principle beings with a safe grid, it is adaptable to any POPs location.

    The main element of the design is the mirror. The triangular modules are set up with a separation wall that reinforces the idea of social distancing. However, the mirror placed in the module allows the people to see each other’s reflection and therefore acting as if they are sat next to each other. As well as the safety grid and the mirror, the material choices are also regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The main material is steel which is proven to have minimal virus retention and the best disinfect-able surface. The permanency of the modules is relevant through the construction system. Steel compartments are nailed to a plywood base, which makes it easy to de-construct and re-use.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:55 pm
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    m9642

    EXPRESS INITIATIVE

    We live in an era where news, information and updates overflow our thoughts and phone notifications and those moments are too quick to pass for us to contemplate what has given to us. The proposed intervention offers an opportunity for a spatial experience to bring calmness to individuals and to challenge the autonomy of an individual to express freely in a pseudo-public space and thereby raising the awareness of the widespread phenomenon of POPS.

    Digital screens are integral part of space, as they function to portray messages from diverse sources and people can express their thoughts through integrated digital medium that are physically installed on site. It is digital social media which works within the realm of Privately Owned Public Spaces. It is an extension of freedom of speech where people can share their thoughts in whichever way, they are more comfortable with. Including memes, emojis or other forms of digital expressions used on internet. The proposed modular system, consist of layers of frames which acts as a medium or wall, rather than a barrier, for an individual to express their thoughts.

    Visitors that are passing by get a glance of various opinions and factual news about current or past events in many forms of communication and to witness people’s reaction towards what has been portrayed.

    “Man is by nature a social animal”, our project brings back traditional sense of social gathering, a purpose of discussion to enhance our perception and to simply make things better. Then we integrate the way we in-take and portray our ideas in modern world. This mix of cocktail hopes to activate physical social interaction with comfort of our modern technology and lifestyle.

  • mOOO team admin

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm
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    m9762

    #mOOO2_festival_of_gifts

    Amidst of COVID-19, public spaces including POPS are often left vacant as people avoid congregation. The Festival of Gifts proposes to transform a network of POPS into package collection hubs for a period of time by storing and delivering packages ordered online, not only attracting people to visit and utilize these spaces and their surroundings, but also serving as a reconciliation between virtual shops and physical structures. Unlike existing pickup points, this structure is created to bring a little joy in simply retrieving packages.

    Designed in units of one-meter cubes the structure can be flat-packed and erected temporarily. Its modules can be arranged in accordance to areas of storage, collection and socialization.

    On operations, packages no bigger than 60x60x60 cm would be loaded into the storage module inspired by coal transport systems, a nod to CDY’s history. They then travel along the conveyor belts at designated times and into lockers which could be opened by a QR code scan. Seating pods in the shape of cardboard boxes provide an isolated area for socializing and package unwrapping.

    With its moving packages and its arrangement in response to its surroundings the proposed design is a dynamic and adaptive installation.

  • Olivia Vitali

    Member
    November 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm
    12 mPs

    This is so amazing! Tell me more!

  • Melina Ávila

    Member
    November 11, 2020 at 7:33 pm
    12 mPs

    Amazing project that goes beyond a sole idea, it tells a story and purpose which are extra relevant in these times.

    • Melina Ávila

      Member
      November 11, 2020 at 7:52 pm
      12 mPs

      Sorry. I think I screwed up a little. I just would like to clarify that I am voting for Connections through Landscapes project.

      I truly apologize for misplacing my vote.

  • Melina Ávila

    Member
    November 11, 2020 at 7:35 pm
    12 mPs

    What a vision!

    Amazing project that goes beyond a sole idea, it tells a story and purpose which are extra relevant in these times. Loved it

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