Branching

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URBAN INTERACTION DESIGN

Branching is a prototype of a material based technology that uses form, light/shadow, and colour to enhance the experience of users sitting on benches across from a water feature on the Highline. 

It was inspired by precedents in public space art, interaction and water designs utilising a range of technologies.

I seek to enhance people’s experience of the space by adding mobile canopies inspired by Italian pergolas. Branching adds needed shade and colour to the area without sacrificing the natural and organic feel of the space. Each canopy is patterned after fractal trees to create the appearance of interlocking tree branches as viewed from below. 

This project was created for the Design section of my MFA Design + Technology intensive summer bootcamp.