This was a quick design charette consisting of a sophomore, junior and senior in industrial design at OSU. Each student team designed a temporary parklet concept to transform the Hayes-Hopkins Courtyard (space between design buildings). Materials were limited to common lumber, rope and 3D printed material from IC3D. Concepts should showcase largescale 3D printing and modular furniture. Project in collaboration with Erika Strazinsky and Blake Charles.
Our team used C-K mapping methods to generate ideas about the way that the parklet might be used, and components to take into consideration.
We also conducted a survey with Ohio State students to better understand their experience with outdoor spaces on campus and to find out what students actually would want out of a courtyard.
After an analysis of the entire space, we chose a small desolate gravel lot for our design. We wanted to create a dynamic seating area that brought life to the space.
Our concept graduated from a small swing set concept with a living wall, to a combination rocking chair and shelter concept. The original goal of the swing set concept was to establish a dynamic event within the current static space, which rocking will mimic.
To spotlight the 3D printed aspect of the challenge, we designed all corners and joining areas of the shelter, as well as the core frame of the chair to be made from 3D printed components. The prints act as the main mechanisms responsible for holding the concepts together.