IDEEA CITY | PUBLIC GEOMETRIES
Status:COMPETITION
Location:NEW YORK, USA
Year:2015
Client:Storefront for Art and Architecture
Additional Consultants:YASUHIRO KANEDA STRUCTURES

In order to function, dialogue needs two distinct features: a place for everyone to engage in the conversation and a landmark that functions as a reference point where everybody can meet and confront ideas.

The Ideea City Public Geometries Pavilion will function as an interactive installation and proposes a Frame – a 160’’ package box with a 4’’ thick metal cube frame and five mobile facets, that can play multiple roles, storage, transportation and offer the possibility for multiple event scenarios . Inside the box a maximum of 800 chairs can be stored. The chairs geometry will adapt according to the participants dynamics.
The 370 metal chairs can scatter freely or combine Lego-like to form punctual micro- amphitheaters and stages.
The box/frame is the reference point, a convention whose only function is to form a coexistence space in the city, a modern agora where opinions are exchanged and public decisions are made.

The form is reduced to an elementary presence with no scenographic effects and reflects the logic of the most conventional geometry possible: that of the square. Devoid of any figurative or individualistic feature, guaranteeing it will perform in the most rational uniform way, the box/frame inserts an exemplary form into the instable field of human interactions in order to turn conflict into coexistence.
In this context the chair is not an automatic repetition of the same ready-made basic unit but the possibility of a certain narrative, the possibilities of diverse typologies that create and dissolve freely because the users can move everywhere.
They provide a method to connect for the participants in the dialogue, not based on pre-established social constructs but almost at random, on a voluntary basis.
The Public Geometries are in fact abstractions of the invisible forces that shape the city, in the radical and systematic confrontation of the individual versus the group.