Does anyone remember Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International? For me, it has been a subliminal fixture from the moment I saw it in my History of Architecture class. The lean, the spiral, the Eiffel-esque base. They accent each other in such a way that just cannot be fully described. It is as if the whole structure is coiled, waiting to spring into the future. And it was never built. Damn.

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When I first saw ‘Sticks, Crèche Urban’ by Djuric Tardio Architectes (www.djuric-tardio.com) & NEST Design, my thoughts immediately went to Tatlin’s tower- how could they not. Okay, so there is not really much of the ‘lean’ or the ‘Eiffel’ but the resemblance is unmistakable. And I think that this is probably not because of any sort of plagiarism. Instead, it seems that perhaps there is some little bit of the Jungian archetype involved. Many primitive dwellings share key characteristics of this form- it is just something which makes sense to us.

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Crèche Urban means ‘Urban Nursery’. These forms are meant to be affordable, easy-to-mass-produce, ‘cribs’ for plant life and youthful interaction. It is proposed that they be placed throughout the parks and public gardens of Paris, occupying left-over space. Here they would stand for a maximum of six years. This six year timescale enables a circumvention of large amounts of ‘red tape’ and building permits. With this short-term lifespan and the quickness of construction for these basic wooden structures, Sticks, Crèche Urban is a clean, green solution to the ever marching impermeasation and greyification (yes, now they are words) of cities everywhere.

© Djuric Tardio Architectes + NEST Design

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