190 - The Urban Parasol - Amorphica Design Research Office
The Urban Parasol is an innovative urban structure that offers sustainable solutions for providing comfortable, safe and interactive urban spaces year-round, and creating social and economic growth. Using energy-efficient heating and lighting technologies, together with wireless interactive functions, the Urban Parasol was designed to accommodate any user of any outdoor urban space. It can be easily affixed to existing urban fixtures, such as bus stops and service posts, to improve the experience of waiting for a bus during the winter, for example, by providing a warm semi-enclosed space. Furthermore, as a self-sufficient structure, it provides a sustainable alternative to the environmentally harmful outdoor heaters that have been widely used in outdoor seating areas in various cities.
The interactive features were designed so as to create a physical social network, by encouraging social interactions between users of parasols in various locations, as well as to allow a city to gather user-generated data, which could then be used to improve cities and the public realm.
In 2013 the Urban Parasol was nominated by Paris as a possible energy-efficient solution to provide a comfortable outdoor seating environments in cafes and other outside areas in Paris.
To view our nominated showcase, on CityMart please vist: bit.ly/11PaqSf