- COVID19 Special 2020
- 1 July 2020
- 6 months
- € 348,488
The project will increase local digital fabrication capacities and its application will promote the expansion of public space thanks to the pilot network of prototype mobile urban elements.
The main activity challenge will be to mitigate the overcrowding of urban public space for use by pedestrians and cyclists in order to reduce contagion of COVID-19 in urban public spaces. At the same time, the FURNISH project expects to increase universal accessibility of public spaces for use by pedestrians and cyclists and reduce vehicular traffic. The overall challenge is to increase local resilience during the COVID-19 crisis by enlarging safety in the use of urban public space.
As this project intends to create a common workspace based on collaboration, all teams will take part in a series of virtual workshops led by the consortium members, so that the seven projects benefit from awareness of one another and access to the other teams' expertise. The seven teams will produce several prototypes of mobile urban elements that will be placed in cities all around Europe. This process will create an open-source repository of knowledge related to urban planning, mobility, social behavior, temporary space design, and urban elements, which can be adapted for replication anywhere in the world.
The project will increase local digital fabrication capacities and its application will promote the expansion of public space thanks to the pilot network of prototype mobile urban elements. The methodology can be replicated in other sites, thanks to the online platform to disseminate an open source portfolio for the application of tactical urbanism and local digital fabrication to rapidly expanding public space in emergency circumstances.
Dr Laia Pagés
Dr. Inés Aquilue