In town centers and local neighborhoods, public spaces provide social arenas for all kinds of people residents, workers, shoppers, visitors, and children at play. A fundamental feature of social life is social interaction. This is a critical and important contributor to good health and longevity. Nowadays, the impact of technological growth on people's lives and our society is remarkable, inevitable and also worrying. The excessive influence of technology in individuals' lives has caused our community to change towards a more privatized and secluded life. At this point, the role of urban public spaces in social life has become more prominent and significant. In our modern world in which our social interactions happen mostly virtually, we as designers want to create an urban platform to increase the physical and social interaction while raising the neighborhood interactions with local businesses. In advancing its premise, this studio in its social outreach will follow the notion of Hyper-Cities, active and energetic cities, to create more dynamism and social interactions in our cities. The studio’s intention is to create and develop architectural urban spaces, Parklets, as urban platforms for increasing the social interactions focusing on adaptive/kinetic systems and material properties. Our goal is to design a transformable, flexible, multi-functional, safe, lightweight and aesthetically pleasing parklet that can offer people a chance to appreciate the value of making and maintaining social connections, increasing the vibrancy of the public realm, generating pedestrian activity, and activating new functions for the streets. The objective is to create a vibrant public space in the neighborhood that only benefits the people in the neighborhood and local businesses but also can work as an attractor for them. Parklets are temporary sidewalk extensions that provide more space and amenities for people using the street by converting a parking space or loading zone to public use. Creatively designed and executed, Parklets provide seating areas and public space, often including greenery. It also commonly provides a unique visual impact that activates a street and increases the public use. Our Parklet will be built in front of the Garland Sandwich shoppe which is active in raising the awareness in society about child sex trafficking. We hope that our project can contribute in raising this awareness in the society. We chose RAMÈ as the name of parklet because it reflects the design and what the parklet brings to its surroundings and the city of Garland. RAMÈ means something that is both chaotic and joyful at the same time.
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