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Territory

THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Toronto, Canada

DREDGESCAPING TOLEDO

Toledo, USA

EN POINTE!

Kagran, Austria
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

CONSTELLATORY COVE

Porto Brandao, Portgual
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

RECON-FIGURE
Far Rockaway, USA

UNLOCKING AMERICA'S CORE
White Space, USA

IN GRID WE TRUST
Manhattan, USA

LIQUID COMMONS
Hudson Strait, Canada

ICEROADS/ TRUCKSTOPS
Contwoyto, Canada

OUTLINE OF THE CORE
Rotterdam, NL

PLINTHESIS
Toronto, Canada

THE NEW MONUMENTALITY
Passiac, New Jersey, USA

Architecture

VARNA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Varna, Bulgaria

STEAM STRATUM
Liepaja Latvia

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
San Francisco, CA

CONSERVATORY HOUSE
London, UK

DRIFT HOUSE
Arctic, Canada

TORONTORIUM
Toronto, Canada

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
Toronto, Canada

BRUCE MAU DESIGN OFFICE
Toronto, Canada

Installations

SCAFFOLDIA
Oakland, USA

FORMWORKS
San Francisco, USA

RE-RIGGING AIR
Copenhagen, Denmark

GARDEN OF DISPLACED ROOTS
Grand Metis, Canada

ENVELOOPS
Toronto, Canada

INTERLACE
Los Angeles, USA
w/ MG&CO

Scaffoldia
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 2016

Scaffolding is typically a temporary element in service of constructing a more permanent structure. What if scaffolding itself was the primary structure that, instead of supporting the construction of permanent artifacts, incited temporal occupation? How can residents take control of structures and re-appropriate them to play on-top of, within, and inside? Scaffoldia is a play-structure that originates from two monumental architectural forms that embody ‘outward’ and ‘inward’ space — the pyramid and dome. Hybridizing these forms, the project transforms the poché space into an occupiable lattice. Moving between interior and exterior, these shapes allow for different forms of engagement with the human body—sitting, repose, climbing, hanging, hiding, leaning, or jumping—without prescribing a singular way to interact with the project. Play is about curiosity, vulnerability, and openness. Located within an area of Oakland that is deprived of play structures, this small monument uses the politics of play to frame the public life of the city.

Project Team:
The Open Workshop
Design Team: Neeraj Bhatia & Cesar Lopez
Fabrication Team: Kurt Stubbins & David Ornvold
Installation Team: Neeraj Bhatia, Cesar Lopez, Jeremy Jacinth, Kurt Stubbins, David Ornvold, Carlos Antequera
Client: Our City Oakland