FABRIC BUILDING II
Fabric building I is the second of a city-pocket innovation projects that aims to temporarily alter the city's landscape ,by using and reacting to existing facades that are abandoned and left to physical erosion.
Targeting areas in Athens that have aging building stock, the project focuses on the upcycling and eventually recycling of old tshirts that are intended to be cleared or given away from a household. By gathering the old clothing with an open call to the citizens,and by cutting them and sewing them together, the aim is to transform them into a huge surface that will act as a new facade in front of the old one.
People will come along and help in the process voluntarily and be a part of this social interaction.
1. The local community is being called to participate by offering tshirts that are old and no longer in use.
2. Volunteers will help along to cut in specific patterns the tshirts and then sew them back together so as to create a large surface, in
a size relating to the facade that has been chosen to perform the project.
3. The new fabric surface will be hang in front of the old chosen building and the result will be a colourful and playful exterior.
4. Once the project reaches its time of completence, the fabric facade will be put down and then cut again in new patterns so as to
sew together new upcycled tshirts which will be given away to the people who helped to complete this exciting project.
A city can be open to surprise and design can be an important tool in inspiring engagement in public. By planning such an usual experience, we tap into the unlimited potential for joy and transformation in the urban environment. Seen from the corners of the streets surrounding, these façades give a new look to the abandoned buildings and convert them into public spaces alive in the city! Social awareness is being raised and the community is being drawn to participate into an urban activism within the city fabric. In a functional, future city, the local municipality and other authorities should embrace alternative ways of seeding the city’s prosperity and help in any way possible, private initiative that will result in a social, more sustainable way of living.