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Social Scaffolding

Autor principal: Moraru Liviu Vlad
Coautori: Aron Ioana

In general, the space dedicated to book presentation events is dominated by their exposure area, leaving the area for human interaction secondary.

The project proposes a social space in the foreground. Thus, the presence of the metal scaffold in the center creates the opportunity for a dialogue between people.

The scaffolding is located diagonally in space, creating a connection between two flows of people that border the area on two sides.

Therefore, space is separated into three major areas:

- The scaffolding area has multiple function. Its zig-zag shape offers the possibility of sitting places for visitors, where they can socialize, discuss books. Also, in this space is located an area for 10 illustration to be exposed. They are not only exhibited as art objects, but rather as postcards that can be taken by visitors, with the aim of promoting the artists. The scaffold also develops vertically, crossing the boundaries of a horizontally developed stands, and offers the visitor a new perspective on the space in which it is located. This new point of view makes the visitors climb the scaffolding, becoming spectators of the acting around them.

- The presentation area is open to the public and is dominated by white folding seats. These can then be stored, leaving a free space.

The birch plywood module screen creates a backdrop for the event's orator, but also provides the opportunity to display books. On the other side of the screen is the information desk area.

- The most secluded area is the children's space, which is located between the scaffolding and the library of books. This area is dominated by brightly colored furniture.

In order to offer a variety of exposure types, we propose the use of a birch plywood module, which can be configured in different ways.

For this stand, the modules that create the library are supported on horizontal scaffolding elements. This creates a longitudinal element that borders the sides of the "back" of the space and closes the area.

The same module is used to expose the illustrations, but also to create the backdrop for events and the desk for the sales point and the information point.

The module can be reused in the future in the three configurations presented in the project:

- placed on a horizontal surface allowing the exposure of books on both sides

- overlapped over others, creating partitions with fluent geometry

- thanks to the side holes, they can be mounted between two sheets of plywood at different inclinations, allowing for the creation of single or double orientation libraries.

Why the scaffolding?

Scaffolding is one of the most re-used elements in the field of construction.

The perception of space is comprehensive because of the fact that we did not use partitions but we used scaffolding, consisting of thin vertical elements and horizontal platforms.

The project proposes the transformation of a book stand from a chain of books into a social platform that unites the visitors of the event, attracting the flow of people and giving them the opportunity to have an overview of the event, becoming spectators of the agitation and of the interaction of the other participants.

Bringing to the front the social areas is the basis of the concept of crossing borders - ideas are transmitted from one person to another.

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