ALDO: A social infrastructure
Seoul, South Korea, 2019
‘Cities Exhibition’ as part of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture + Urbanism
Based on observations that spaces of play are rare moments where people from different economic, political and racial backgrounds share experiences, and influenced by the opportunistic infill-urbanism of Aldo van Eyck in post WWII Amsterdam, we propose a network of social infrastructures for playful encounters in the public realm. In a time of grave disunity, these analogue prompts provide a chance to, however briefly, leave the echo-chamber of social media and interact with a neighbor. There is an urgency to this approach that considers play as a collective and political form of occupying the city, and playspaces as an essential urban amenity.
Our installation “Aldo” appropriates van Eyck’s signature climbing-frame and reconfigures three of them to construct a collective space, which visitors are encouraged to occupy and interact with by climbing, leaning, and lounging in it and on it.