Harvard Graduate School of Design
Studio: Post-disaster Architecure
Critics: Shigeru Ban and Danielle Etzler
In collaboration with Christina Cho
How can a simple object spur a region’s recovery effort after a natural disaster?
A deployable market composed of re-configurable canopies charts a series of paths through the old city of L’Aquila, Italy, which was recently devastated by an earthquake. The market brings in much needed commerce and encourages residents to return to the city center.
The individual umbrellas can be fully opened and placed in the piazzas to form a field of arches that house a market. In their closed positions, the umbrellas can be placed along streets to chart the course of the rebuilding effort. The umbrellas are primary constructed of cheap, easily obtainable materials: pvc piping, plywood, and kite parts. Components that require specialized materials and machinery, such as the stainless steel joints, are designed to be small and packed flat to ship.