Through the analysis of the square, I find people’s demand for different functions. Since there is no parking space for bicycles in the original plan, the bicycles are often parked randomly on the street, which affects the traffic. Therefore, the square should include the area for bicycle parking. In addition, there should be some seats for the food trucks, and the cafe and restaurant also need outdoor areas. Based on this, new functions are proposed, and all the plots could be open as public rest areas at the same time, so that people can use different plots even if they don’t want to have food or coffee.
Take sponges of different sizes and burn their surfaces to get random pits. By controlling the humidity of the sponge, the surface of different scales can be created. These surfaces correspond to the three types in the illustration, in preparation for 3D scanning to bring them into digital models.
From analog to digital
The purpose of exploring with different materials is to create an organic surface in analog way. The form of the surface is not fixed, and the surface showed here is just a proposal. The surface should be a soft and changeable surface, with a frame to define the basic structure, but it could be shaped by the movement of human body. The boundary of the organic surface is defined by the designed plots. The surfaces of the sponges are scanned and the digital models are imported into Rhino. After being processed, finally the models are filled into these plots to create the landscape of the square.