6cities Design Festival
After receiving the initial concept to ‘green,’ or ‘turf’ the square, a process of research and brainstorming was undertaken. The temporary intervention seeks to highlight the fundamentals of the festival; the role of design in everyday life, by encouraging a new way of seeing the environment of the square, mainly through a simple intervention of artificial turf. The design has been informed by analysis of the current space, the historical elements, and both the conceptual and the practical needs of the festival.
Backed up by strong images from the City Councils’ best known architect and engineer James Thompson, the Design Park re-investigates some of his original plans for the square which date from around 1910 -15. His grand vision included amongst others, a proposal for a roof-top garden on the Caird Hall.
The Design Park partially protrudes into the usually uninterrupted main pedestrian High Street with an eye-catching, but aesthetically pleasing construction thus drawing people in to investigate the temporary changes.
by: Dundee City Council, Leisure and Communities Department
design and construction: Pedro Prazeres, Gerry O’Brien and Daryl Smith
Dundee, Scotland, UK, 2007