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1²m

WOLTERS / URBASTYLE

2009

Up until a few decades ago, streets were places where people met. After a hard working day people took out their kitchen chairs and had a quiet chat on the porch. Children played in the streets under the safe supervision of their parents and neighbours, leek and cabbage dominated the backyards and small livestock took care of the food waste. Life was simple. Nowadays, our backyards are overwhelmed with ornamental plants and exclusive and expensive garden furniture. As a result of our society's individualism, streets have become a place where people feel threatened and unsafe. Our “M²”-project wants to reunite people back in the streets. Flexible furnishings placed in streets, public parks and public places with a simple purpose: to encourage social interaction and create a natural form of social control. The M² consists of a shell-formed concrete seat, reinforced with optic fibre, supported by a steel under-frame.


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