(RE)_Create Taipei

Installation / Public Space
Taipei, Taiwan
2016
Lampost. Plastic bags. Water tank.

more photos

One of the main problem that Taipei city is facing today in relation with city development and urban planning is that common infrastructures such as playgrounds and other public spaces are been replace by new ones made by plastic and with same pattern and same style.

We have identified several citizen movement against the standardization of this public spaces, that reclaim playgrounds more texture and designed, places that allow to imagine ways of playing rather than forcing you to play in an specific way.

(RE)Create Taipei is project that take place in the Taipei World Design Capital 2016 framework. The project will focus on working in public space,urban waste and local communities.

The project take its shape through research, analysis, meetings, actions, events and installations conceived by Basurama and City Yeast together with other cultural agents and citizens.

The work schedule is designed with the following phases:

PRE-ACTIVE

INTERVENTION

POST-ACTIVE

Dates

Research

V

Analysis

V

Meeting with target groups

V

Workshop

V

V

Forum

V

Pr-design and prototype

V

Implementation

V

Exhibition

V

Website dissemination

V

V

1st Travel:

>> Meet our with our counterpart, City Yeast, to establish the objectives of our work, our priorities an a timetable for action
>> Participate in the seminar (RE) Create_Taipei: challenges for design and use of public space and public parks.

>> Identify potential intervention sites
>> Identify collaborators, project partners to citizen groups
>> Study flows of trash materials and identify potential waste for the construction of new spaces

>> Conducted a workshop for the construction of a Bubble station, or portable office, whichour counterpart will make interventions in different spaces of the city to establish dialogues with neighbors and citizens about what is public space for them? how do they imagine public space? which colors they would like to prevail in these spaces? what kind of uses they would like to develop in public space? ….etc

HALFTIME (APRIL-JUNE)

During this period, we have been working online, managing and coordinating the whole process, giving advise and sharing information using email and internet calls.

>> City Yeast kept stimulating the debate about Public Space through the Bubble Station builded in the previous tryp. We also kept on moving forward on the Communication between us and the citizens and neighbours, and we worked on the permissions so the intervations could remain until late October.
>> Together with the local agents, we have been doing an exhaustive search of the waste material to be used, either comming from industries or Taipei´s gardens and parks itselfs.
>> Basurama focused in the design and the creative process, digging deep in the possibilities of materials and spaces.

2nd Tryp (July 8-24th)

We arrived to Taipei with the places to be intervened and the target users already selected and with a whole imaginary for both spaces.

The  Kid Ambition Park or Watertank Playground is located in southeast Jhongxiao Rd. and Jinhua Rd, close to a kindergarden.
The intervention consits in 1 huge water tank formerly used for indstrial refrigeration and 5 other tanks with different dimensions used for home refrigeration systems.

Our working process with the material used for this intervention started by taking care about the material, fixing it, and adapting it for its new purpose. Every tank was cleaned and protected with the propper varnish before combined them together to create a new an unique park in Taipei. This is, probably, the first park ever created only with reused water tanks.

The main objetive of the park is exploration and discovery. We pretend to encourage free play, no indications, let the kids become explorers searching for new paths in the same park, create their own itineraries.

We designed a place where kids can feel free while playing, with places to hide and secret corners but allowing the grownups to watch them. We achieve this by using wholes or by playing with the dimensions and the points of view, so the adults can watch them without being seen.

> The largest tank works as a big fishbowl with hanging elements. The inner space is cozy and encourage a new way of looking, since the open end frames the sky and the buildings, creating new perspectives. Furthermore, the open end that acts as an entrance also have an slide and a sort of climbing device .

> The spyhole room works as a ball pit, but also as a poetic space, a place with infinite illumination posibilities thanks to the hundred holes that filter the light through the interior, projecting shadows that change during the day.
> Tanks of different sizes form the labyrinth. The maze interior is covered with different textures: mirrors, bubbles, tree bark, soft walls and grasslike patched seats, a pletora of outside-school learning tools.

> The tunnel is a passing place, also a den, a cave to protect oneselve from the rain or the sun, to relax in the softness of the pompoms that cover ir.

 

The second intervention Civic Swing Space or LampPost Open Space  can be found under the Bridge of Shimin boulevar in the union between Civic Boulevard, section 3 and Andong street. The space aim is going beyond a play yard or a park. It meant to be a new multipurpose space in the city, a gathering place with swings, chilling areas and even a stage for several prouposes.