Interactive Public Space
Collaboration with Rachel Tardif
Submission for CoLLaboratoire’s international competition “Solar Powered Bus Shelter + Interactive & Educational”, for which we won the 3rd place.
The solar powered shelter we designed has two configurations, and is very slowly switching from one configuration to the other, according to how much solar energy it receives. On sunny days, the shelter expands and on cloudy days it contracts. The solar panels which power it are planted in the field next to it, and can be manually rotated, by students passing by, to face the sun at all times of the day, such as to allow the structure to store a maximum of energy. The purpose of this interaction is two-fold. First, it presents the expansion of our environment (the shelter) as dependant upon nature’s cooperation (sunlight). Second, it implies that if we want our environment to flourish, we must help and empower nature to do so for us (directing the solar panels). Indeed, nature’s role in the molding of our environment cannot be bypassed. By doing this, we are revisiting the industrial era belief that man can subject nature to its will, and overturning the play of power between man and nature.