Public Projects

FURNISH

+ Partners: Municipality of Milan, AMAT - Milan’s Agency for Mobility, Environment, and Territory, CARNET, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

+ Team: Roger Paez, PhD; Toni Montes; Manuela Valtchnova; Danae Esparza, PhD.


The FURNISH project aim is to design, digitally fabricate, deploy, test and monitor urban elements to adapt temporary public spaces to meet the new challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 crisis. FURNISH aims to merge the challenge of gaining more public space through tactical urbanism, which can reconfigure a street to expand the area for pedestrians and leisure, with local digital manufacturing, in order to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Outcomes:
+ Mini Design Award
+ A new core knowledge community of 7 partnerships between local citizens, fabrication facilities and their respective municipalities.
+ A series of Mobile Urban Elements (MUE) prototype optimized through iterative design and prototyping with collaborative expert guidance.
+ A new core knowledge community of 7 partnerships between local citizens, fabrication facilities and their respective municipalities.
+ A pilot network of prototype MUEs designating 7 new public spaces spanning all 5 Innovation Hub territories.
+ An online platorm disseminating an open source document porfolio for the application of tactical urbanism and local digital fabrication to rapidly expanding public space in emergency circumstances.