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This sculpture, entitled Urban Adaptor, by Rocker-Lange Architects was created to be used as Urban Street furniture for Hong Kong. Rocker-Lange Architects is committed to making exciting living environments, they specialize in installations.  The firm is also very interested in material transformations.  Material transformations can be limitless when using digital fabrication as machines can help transform materials that otherwise may not be able to be used.

The firm determined that there is a possibility for a unique Hong Kong identity, to be expressed through its street furniture. This design for a contemporary city bench instead of offering only one single static design, this scheme suggests multiple varying solutions, a holistic approach to the problem.

Urban Adapter is based on a digital parametric model. “At its core the model utilizes explicit site information and programmatic data to react and interact with its environment.” That way the model is capable of producing a variety of unique furniture options. This solution allows for an endless family of new urban furniture, created all from one model.

An interesting aspect of the structure of this piece is that it can be composed of different components, such as recycled containers. This outdoor sculpture shows how digital fabrication can be used to be both a part of the urban environment and a functional piece, while acting somewhat as a partition. This piece involves the fourth dimension of time that we discussed in class today, as it seems to morph over time across the space.  It appears to grow out of the land and into a functional seating area.

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