PLAYscapes Competition Honourable Mention

This proposal transforms the suburban street by embracing banal suburban infrastructure and industrial design as integral streetscape elements and community-building nodes. The design of the proposed system takes its cues from the transformer’s name and integral function; it puts forth a new, modular scaffolding system that can be customized and transformed overtime according to the community’s desires. Furthermore, while transformers function to reduce electricity, these systems attempt to inject new energy into neighbourhoods. As a result, not only shall people engage in physical, mental, or social activity at the nodes themselves, but they will also take part in these activities while walking to the nodes - rendering the transformers as catalysts for improving the walkability, and consequently, liveability of suburbia.


Project Team: Nicholas Gosselin from the University of Toronto, Canada


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