To transform the street as a public space through an infrastructure intervention, a seating-space.
To design a public seating that can engage and transform the dynamics on the street.
THE BENCH must function as a public seating with minimum of 12 seating space-surfaces.
Budget: $500 CAD. Permitted Site: 4' x 24'.
Host_MAKE Coffee + STUFF & Tutti Frutti
CASST [Competition Runner-up]
We cannot predict how a bench will be used. There are unlimited sizes, shapes, and preferences of the street.
CASST is made for the street, by the street. It is shaped by the people, pets, frozen yogurt bowls, and empty coffee cups that compose the space outside 751-753 Corydon Avenue.
We propose a design for a bench which emphasizes the project’s own process of making as a catalyst for the resulting creation. We are interested in encouraging a form for a bench which result isn’t fully realized until the construction process is underway. By establishing a process of making we aim to produce a surface which can be moulded and formed by the public during this phase.
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Three layers of stacked reclaimed pallets create a raised structural base to construct upon. A blanket layer of flexible plastic becomes a surface to pour small aggregate concrete onto. The plastic layer is then sealed shut, encompassing the wet concrete and creating a burrito-like form to mould and shape the surfaces of the bench.
Within the concrete’s curing time-frame , the public will be encouraged to use their creativity and take part in shaping the maleable surface into what the bench’s top will later cure into.