The MIT SOFT Rockers are smart, clean energy charging stations disguised as outdoor rocking lounge furniture. Unlike conventional ‘hard’ urban infrastructure, The SOFT Rocker leverages its environment in a dynamic manner by using the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis 35 watt solar tracking system.
Given that the rubber surface of the plaza will automatically bring to mind playgrounds, are there ways to acknowledge this explicitly and incorporate elements of the “flow of joy” a la Csíkszentmihályi.
It’s officially called a ‘transfer accelerator’ by Dutch railway maintenance company ProRail, but everyone else would say it’s a slide.
Also, see Carston Holler’s slide at the Tate