From inception to installation: Furbaniture transforms Calgary spaces

Starting in the summer, Josh Taron, associate professor of architecture and co-director of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and his team of students in the Faculty of Environmental Design devised, built and erected Furbaniture for Walk21 Calgary, an international conference on walkability taking place in this city this week.

The pieces, which are intentionally designed to be higher than a bench and lower than a table, can fit together in different ways to “re-program” a street or other urban outdoor spaces. They can be configured to create parklets on streets, extend outdoor patios off restaurants and bars, create a pop-up street festival or any other one of a myriad of creative uses yet to be dreamed up.

The installations, sturdy steel frames covered with cedar siding, were placed in front of City Hall and the St. Louis Hotel in the East Village on Tuesday. They’ll be moving to 1st St. S.W. on Thursday and Friday to create a series of “parklets” during the Walk21 conference which wraps up Friday afternoon.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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