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Posts tagged as 'Rafael Schmidt'

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

The Zurich based architect and designer Rafael Schmidt submitted this new bike sharing system to a competition which was organised within last year’s International Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The system involves a comprehensive architectural intervention into the urban centre.

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

“The Bike Share System must become more than just a transporting system. It deals not only with the problem of stocks and flows of people, but must add extra value to its user and to the city itself. We suggest that the Bike Share System becomes an integral part of the city. The bicycles should function as censors and inform the system about certain behaviours, so that the system can react according to the situation.To predict the performance of a system, the entities have to exchange information. An internet-based platform can analyse the different interests and could then manage possible conflicts. The bicycles are equipped with GPS und W-Lan, so they are connected to each order and can inform the system about their position and status. (Is a bike being used? Where is the bike and where is it moving to? Is there a reservation for the bike? etc.) Privacy protection is a matter that has to be taken into account in the process. To increase the number of commuters travelling by bicycle from 37% to 50% by 2015, approx. 25.000 bicycles have to be integrated into the urban fabric; these bikes will need at least 20.000 m2 of storage space. We see a high risk of overloading the squares, streets and stations of Copenhagen. Therefore, our focus is to reduce the „visual pollution“ wherever possible. At the same time, easy accessibility as well as the system’s visual presence has to be maintained (hide & show policy). The following proposal distinguishes between three different trajectory scales: S,M and L.”

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA

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Confessional 'J'adore Aglisia' at the Berlin Kunstsalon

Confessional 'J'adore Aglisia' at the Berlin Kunstsalon

During the Art Forum Berlin from September 23rd to 27th, the Berlin ‘Kunstsalon’ took place for the sixth time. The exhibition featured works by 71 artists on 7500 square meters at the impressive brick building of the Humboldt transformer station on Prenzlauer Berg. Shortly after the entrance, having passed through a crowd of apparent nuns and priests, the ironic installation ‘J’adore aglisia’ by architect Rafael Schmidt and Ole Kretschmann, runner of Berlin’s popular Polaroid photo booths, caught your eye. The photo booth which was elaborately transformed into a confessional enables the sinner to free his conscience from all the past misdoings – for a mere pittance, of course. As a personal piece of evidence he receives a stamped photo strip.

CNC-milled facade

CNC-milled facade

The name aglisia is an acronym for the Latin termini of the seven capital sins; therefore, it is an honest commitment to a new religious orientation which states: I covet sin! For a small fee, you can be redeemed from your sins.”

Free your conscience from all the past misdoings: 'J'adore Aglisia' at the Berlin Kunstsalon

Free your conscience from all the past misdoings: 'J'adore Aglisia' at the Berlin Kunstsalon

to the Rafael Schmidt website

to the Ole Kretschmann website

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