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.
We talked about some of the plaza topography being furniture-like. Maybe, going along with the vertical community gardens idea, some of the furniture can also be planted - at least during the spring summer.
Here are some posts by local landscape design firm ROLU:
I like the green wall(s) idea, but I also think that it would be great to bring in an element of community gardening and/or agricultural remediation to the Weisman Plaza project:
Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley, window farms. They actually have a very evolved program at this point, which allows for a lot of local customization. There is also a larger “maker” community involved.
Natalie Jeremijenko’s vertical gardens are also designed for vertical growing.
And her “no parks” are interesting bio-remediation interventions:
Related, of course, to Mel Chin’s pioneering Revival Field
And local artist Sarah Wolbert’s gardening projects revolve around recycling waste: “Urban Nutrient Detritivore Infrastructures thrive in cities.”