Microcity/Hyperfurniture

Location

Singapore

Type

Installation/Public Art

Status

Completed

Size

does it matter?

Team

Natta Sawetwanachoti, Ermanno Cirillo 

Client

URA (Urban and Redevelopment Authority)

Our first urban intervention was made of a series of colourful objects shaped as buildings. 

We imagine to scale down the city around us, bringing its archetypical elements closer to the human scale. At the same time, we let people inhabit these objects, which are indeed urban furniture, providing shade and privacy. Each type is also be shaped according to different ways of the body to inhabit it. 

We explored therefore the relationship between body, public furniture and our conception of what a building is.

Public space is defined as something that belongs to us as a collectivity. But at the same time the contrary is more often the case: public space is what belongs to nobody.

In order to activate the public space and make it usable and recognisable by the users, there must be an element of mediation. 

Street furniture in shape of buildings can provoke and exploit the ambiguity of scale, and the ambiguity of having an intimate place to sit in the middle of a generic space in the city.

Microcity/Hyperfuniture is an attempt to domesticate the city.

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