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Mobile Community Place-Makers team # 259

Giving volume to a Flat Lot

The automobile was a result of large scale dreams of industrial progress and social mobility. In order to support this car-centric freedom a conceptual network of wide roads and large parking lots were rendered into urban realities. The creation of these spatial forms broke up the once close-knit fabric of cities and towns and forced the ironic individuality of transportation networks to supersede social networks. In this reality, freedom is proportional to distance, the further you go the freer you become. However, in recent years the notion of self-empowerment through local motion has become a popular mode of operation, triggering a desperate desire to reclaim the voided public spaces reserved for cars. Now, people imagine the myriad of activities possible in these flat lots.

Site

This proposal transforms this flat square into a cube. This cube is then sliced into quarters and dissolved into six overlapping zones of community gathering, trading and entertaining. Four cafes mark the corners of the lot and welcome visitors with local foods, arts and crafts. In the center stands the hub of activity: a performance stage and seating terrace where folks enjoy shaded lunches during the week and lively performances and markets at peak times. The intent is to create a space that inspires robust uses both day and night, work week or holiday weekend. Looking into the future, it is imagined that these objects will be transported to other under-utilized spaces throughout Flint serving as a mobile beacon of community place-making.

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one parking space

Activity

two parking spaces

Weekday

little or no activity

centralized activity

dispersed activity

Multiple nodes encourage a dispersion of activity; lines of movement intersect and dynamically flow into the city.


Budget customer

STAGE Material Finished plywood Frosted hollow Polycarbonate Sheet Wood studs Wood beams Wood columns Wood slats

vendor

Dimension 5/8” .629” 2 x 4 2 x 6 6 x 6 2 x 2 N/A

QuantityRate

4 48 x 96 N/A x 8 N/A x 8 16 x 18 8 x 8 160

Cost

$40 per 48” X 96” sheet N/A N/A $5.51 per unit $35 per unit $3.30 per unit

Open cafes encourage The Flat Lot to generate revenue and become self sustaining. They provide space for a variety of local vendors including craftsman, artists, food purveyors and farmers.

$160

$88 $280 $528

$1,056

Cafe

customer

customer vendor vendor

TERRACE Material

Dimension

Finished plywood Frosted hollow Polycarbonate Sheet Wood studs Wood beams Wood columns Wood slats

5/8” .629” 2 x 4 2 x 6 6 x 6 2 x 2

QuantityRate 26 4 24 14 9 120

48 x 96 x 8 x 8 x 18 x 8

Cost

$40 per 48” X 96” sheet $150 per 48” x 96” sheet $2.97 per unit $5.51 per unit $35 per unit $3.30 per unit

$1,040 $600 $71 $77 $315 $396

beverages

Subtotal $2,499

Terrace CAFES Material

Cafe Cafe

Finished plywood Frosted hollow Polycarbonate Sheet Wood studs Wood beams Wood columns Wood slats

Stage

Dimension 5/8” .629” 2 x 4 2 x 6 6 x 6 2 x 2 N/A

QuantityRate

48 x 96 x 8 x 8 x 18 N/A x 8

14 4 70 24

gifts

Cost

$40 per 48” X 96” sheet $150 per 48” x 96” sheet $2.97 per unit $5.51 per unit

$560 $600 $208 $132

96 $3.30 per unit

$317 Subtotal

local produce

$1,500 x 4 Subtotal $5,055

Subtotal $8,610

Transformation A square becomes a cube: becomes four cubes: becomes a stage a terrace and four cafes

Subtotal

customer

Cafe

Hardware, tools

30% of total

Unanticipated material cost

20% of total

Labor, transportation, permitting

industry standards

$11,193 Subtotal $13,431.60

fresh flowers

$11,000 Total

vendor

lunch

$24,431.60

Cafe -8’ x 16’ x 16’

The simple and light weight design of the cafes allow for them to be moved from The Flat Lot and re-used throughout the city.

Cafe - 8’ x 16’ x 16’

Terrace - 163’

Stage - 163’

Cafe - 8’ x 16’ x 16’ wood framing

finished plywood

frosted plexi

cedar slatting

Summer Festival

Cafe - 8’ x 16’ x 16’

Materials used in all structures are sensitive to the sites simplicity and context. Wood slatting provides shading from the sun as well as optimal visibility while finished plywood and corrugated plexi create smooth, dynamic, and attractive surfaces.

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