Two global urbanistic powerhouses, San Franciscoâ€“based Rebar and Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects, have joined forces to createÂ Gehl Studio. The practices will keep their offices in their respective cities and start a new one in New York. Gehl didn’t purchase Rebar, butÂ hired mostÂ of Rebarâ€™s staff, including two of the three founding partners, according to a report inÂ Landscape Architecture Magazine.
That old saw about how you can’t take public space with you is bound for the trash heap. Landscape architect John Bela, co-founder of San Franciscoâ€“basedÂ Rebar, and artist Tim Wolfer ofÂ N55 have developed Parkcycle Swarm, a green space initiative that puts people and green space togetherâ€”on wheels. The basic Parkcycle module is a mobile green space made of an aluminum frame, plywood, standard bicycle parts, and astroturf. Each one measures 2.6 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 7.4 feet long. Parkcycles offer instant open space to neighborhoods. All users have to do is park the Parkcycle and sprawl out on the turf to enjoy a bottle of beaujolais or play some hackie sack. Four of theÂ small mobile parks are currently making the rounds at theÂ ParticipateÂ public arts festival in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Engineering group ARUP and art and design studio RebarÂ have announced a design for a rainwater-harvesting, solar-powered, portable pop-up spa that receives every watt of energy it requires from the sun. The energy comes from heat exchangers and efficient equipment to heat and power the â€œhealthy hedonistâ€ experience called SOAK. The shipping container-spa conserves resources with thoughtful engineering and provides the core experience of the conventional bathhouse in a microcosm. The project, a prime example of tactical urbanism, joins personal wellness with social vitality whileÂ combining the most intelligent form of energy and alternative resources.