X^3 Generic Public Structure

Tel Aviv, Israel

Program: urban innovations competition
Client: Administration of Planning, Israel

Pop-up architecture has always gained a great deal of interest due to its ability to meet diverse needs immediately. Being temporarily voracious, it enjoys a relative advantage in dialogue with the bureaucratic system. The pop-up culture has many faces that correspond to the various needs of the initiator: private, public or business. At the municipal level, an opportunity is created to encourage activity in the public space with the rapid changes that pop-up produces in the daily landscape. Consumers respond to the opportunities of this culture in accordance with real needs that are lacking in the space around them, or because the ventures are intriguing and unequivocal and do not want to miss a unique event. The entrepreneurial side sees the pop-up culture as a laboratory and a test model for business experiments.

There are many unused spaces in the city, both as interior and public spaces. On the other hand, with population growth, changes in urban demographics and the changes in the culture of business,  there is a lack of community-adapted public services or other designated areas for the benefit of the various populations. These areas can encourage interaction and be community gatherings for community interest groups, or for home-based business generation in need of temporary convening venues, space for temporary rentable events, social arts space, sports activities, and so on. The lightness of pop-up culture allows for alternative uses while providing a customized, programmable, day-to-day response capability. The project offers a modular and adaptive system that varies according to the given physical space and adapts itself to changing programs. The solution allows a variety of users to share resources wisely on the basis of needs and availability, thereby encouraging easy and immediate use of the mix.

The system is industrialized, and thus provides a variety of connection options, simple to assemble and dismantle and easy to transport by conventional means. The ecosystem has a minimal footprint thanks to industrialization, lightness, transience and modularity and the accuracy of the needs, thus contributing to sustainable urbanism. The temporary status of the pop-up project allows one to formulate a variable, colorful and radical interpretation of the public space. The use of the repetitive design language enables the associative connection between the centers of intervention in the city. The pop-up culture creates responsive change and encourages resource sharing and community engagement. Thanks to the availability and spatial flexibility of spaces, a foundation has been created to create dynamic urbanism and to enhance urban vitality.