The Installation is the final product of “Entre Escalas” Workshop, which engaged subjects of parametric design, digital fabrication and the issue of scale on the creation of urban furniture to be implemented at the Spanish Square (Praça da Espanha) in the neighborhood of Batel, in Curitiba – Brazil. The name “Entre Escalas (In Between Scales)” was suggestive as the furniture had to serve the children as a playground, at the same time as bleachers for jazz shows happening in the square.
To get from concept to fabrication and assembly in a very short span of time using parametric tools and relating that to specific architectonic needs were the themes intended to be grasped by the students . There were series of lectures related to the subject, as well as specialized computational classes, followed by an intense design competition. The architects and tutors present were Gustavo Utrabo, Juliano Monteiro, Pedro Duschenes, Ernesto Bueno, Lucas Issey, Thiago Mundim and the structural engineer Ricardo Dias.
After the workshop, the students develop a synthesis of the previously proposed designs inside the office. In this phase problems of structure, materials ,fabrication, assembly logic and health and safety were addressed.
The final design derives from a labyrinth, and aims to awake in the children feelings of estrangement and the curiosity of not knowing what comes next. Externally, the 4m x 4m x 1.5m box form, made with the cheapest construction plywood available, contrasts with the fluid internal paths. The inner radial geometry generates a degree of visual transparency that allows the parents to follow their children through the tunnels that lead to the sphere shaped central space. It also enables fascinating multi-framed views to the surrounding environment.
In August 2011 the installation was exposed at the Spanish Square (Praça da Espanha), so that all could observe the reaction, from both adults and children faced with something unusual built in a common public place. The children, under close supervision from their parents, could explore a new spatial experience, as well as establish a singular form of playing, yet related to regular activities such as climbing, crawling and hiding, through the contact with the “parametric playground”.
“Entre Escalas” Workshop was a partnership between Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes, Juliano Monteiro, Ernesto Bueno, Lucas Issey , Thiago Mundim (www.thiagomundim.net) and CenEGAU with support from the Architecture and Urbanism Course at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR) and coordination by João Victor Monteiro.
Special Thanks to:
Bruna Hobi, Maria Eduarda Camilotti, Mariana Bittencourt,Renate Louise Pierotto, João Victor Monteiro.
And all the students that participated in the Workshop “Entre Escalas”