Hooopha! I mean- How You doin’?! This is the UNIRE/UNITE urban intervention by Urban Movement Design– the winner of the 2012 Young Architects Program (YAP). Located in Rome, it is a response to the current health crisis which is presenting itself to humanity as a result of our technological progression as well as, to a lesser extent- our built environment.

 

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The architects state, ‘All of nature acts according to the law of interconnectedness, but humankind has moved away from this natural law and into an unnatural state of self-interest and isolation.’

 

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With a location near MAXXI plaza and forms of CNC routed marine ply interlaced with smooth concrete forms, the UNIRE/UNITE project stands as a stark suggestion away from the mundanities of everyday urban life. The topography which runs across the installation is derived from yoga, incorporation a multitude of possible body configurations and poses meant to activate, strengthen, cleanse, and balance the body and mind.

 

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Forms interesting to the mind which are both occupational and climactical wind their way in organic lines- spinal extensions project off of the seating apparati and propel a mist to cool users. It is a project both proposition and encouraging. So go. Get off the internet. … but first read a few more ArcH2O articles.

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