2016 - 2017

We want to design a transformable structure that allows a public space to function effectively.

The physical (architectural) ‘content’ of our experimental design will be an artefact placed on the virtual site in Graz that should be able to transform in response to current and predicted - future spatial needs and requirements for a public space.

This transforming structure will be used as an experiment to test how different spatial definitions can influence people’s interest in public space. Future scenarios will be predicted by analyzing current narratives and site functions, especially by studying the differences in proportion between commercial areas and public areas, and then represented using illustrations. This project as an experiment could provide information that could inform the future designs of other public spaces such as the square (how to balance public requirements and commercial interests).

Adaptability and transformability also hold some sustainable potentials, meeting a wide array of spatial needs, both in the present and future. Additionally, changeable physical forms would create opportunities for observing historical elements on the site from different points, appreciating and preserving the cultural identity of the square.

Finally, we came to the idea of travelling market. How conventional market can function differently and become a self-learning system that provokes participation? Our final version of artefact can collect information and inform other market spaces.