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COLORWAY

COLORWAY

Architecture Activating the Urban Alley

SITE

Chattanooga, Tennessee

year

June 2016

designer

Beomki Lee

"This project seeks to redefine the notion of passageway and to find a way for revitalizing negative spaces in urban fabric, by offering human scaled architecture and encouraging the public to create their own spaces." 

 

The passageway in urban fabric has been considered as remnant space in-between adjacent architectures rather than occupiable space within urban fabric. This restrained way of thinking has curtailed its nature as activity-negative space in the city. However, COLORWAY not only offers architecture designed in human scale but also fosters a method for creating activity-positive space by allowing people to color their journeys.

Phase I - Architecture in Human Scale
Three simple angled bars are fixed on both sides of the existing walls and on the ground of the passageway. By manipulating the depth and height of each bar within the limits of maximum/minimum dimensions for people to pass and reach, the bars are woven together with string that creates straight and curved spaces, allowing people to experience different spatial conditions with every step.


Phase II - Participatory Program for the Community
The public is welcome to visit and participate in coloring their space by themselves. A palette of colored fabric adhesives Fabric stickers are arranged by color on the existing wall,
so that the public can select and apply colors to the proposed architecture. As they get to the other side, people color and create activating positive futures of their own passageway.

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COLORWAY promotes the cross-block connections by generating new urban spaces, experiences, and movements. These are aimed at promoting a more cohesive community and enriching the lives of everyone living within the city.

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