LISSONE STREET FURNITURE

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The Arched Canopy Unit attempts to resolve the issue of adhoc urban street designs by consolidating the separate but integral elements that make up the street scape into a variable canopy arch

Date: 2011-09-30

Client: Lissone Municipality

Program: Urban Furniture

Team: OCX Luke Willis, Esin Erez

Location: Lissone, Italy

Area: 2 m² x  100 units

 

Re-imagining the Street Condition

The urban street condition is crowded with elements that provide for the functional needs of the modern city; seating, landscape, signage, lighting, circulation, etc.  These elements are typically placed on the streets through an additive but separate process, creating discordance throughout the city.  The Arched Canopy Unit attempts to resolve this issue by proposing a consolidated approach to the functional needs by way of its sectional and programmatic variation.

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An arched passage has historically been the architectural solution to providing multiple functions required for an activity filled circulation.  By creating a modular Arched Canopy Unit that is structurally independent and variable in height, we are able to accommodate for the various functions required on the street, while having the networking capability to answer to larger programmatic installments.   The ability to structurally network and connect units also allows for expansive spans that permit larger open space to host activities such as markets, concerts, and other urban scale events.

An arched passage has historically been the architectural solution to providing multiple functions required for an activity filled circulation.  By creating a modular Arched Canopy Unit that is structurally independent and variable in height, we are able to accommodate for the various functions required on the street, while having the networking capability to answer to larger programmatic installments.   The ability to structurally network and connect units also allows for expansive spans that permit larger open space to host activities such as markets, concerts, and other urban scale events.

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Sustainable Phasing Whether the Arched Canopy Unit is used for lighting or seating, the cavity can be filled in with vegetation.  The unit hence acts as a green increment that brings landscape elements back into the urban city.  As the Arched Canopy Unit is introduced from the street, to the plaza, and across the city, the increment grows into patches and then into layers of landscape that will gradually cover and redefine the urban landscape.  Each Arched Canopy Unit has a drainage pipe thru its post, connected to a storm water retention tank under the ground.  The reserved water is recycled for irrigating the vegetation or to facilitate the fountain units.  Meanwhile, the Arched Canopy Unit acts as an effective deterrent for heat island effect by simultaneously supplying shading and vegetation.

Sustainable Phasing

Whether the Arched Canopy Unit is used for lighting or seating, the cavity can be filled in with vegetation.  The unit hence acts as a green increment that brings landscape elements back into the urban city.  As the Arched Canopy Unit is introduced from the street, to the plaza, and across the city, the increment grows into patches and then into layers of landscape that will gradually cover and redefine the urban landscape.  Each Arched Canopy Unit has a drainage pipe thru its post, connected to a storm water retention tank under the ground.  The reserved water is recycled for irrigating the vegetation or to facilitate the fountain units.  Meanwhile, the Arched Canopy Unit acts as an effective deterrent for heat island effect by simultaneously supplying shading and vegetation.


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