Commissioned by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, "Cradle" is designed by Los Angeles-based studio of Ball-Nogues and is situated on the exterior wall of an existing parking structure at Santa Monica Place. Near the beach and the Third Street Promenade, the site is heavily trafficked by tourists on foot and in automobiles. An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture operates structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle - the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls while reflecting the a distorted image of passerby in both cars on foot.
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Residents of Spain no longer have to travel all the way to its beaches to sit under colorful umbrellas. ParedesPino Arquitectos recently completed an installation commissioned by the city of Cordoba to construct a unique place that would not only provide an incredible public space for play and local commerce, but refocus the city center by creating a more concise connection between the neighborhoods, the central railway station and urban areas. Set as a beautiful array of multi-colored sunshades across a 128,000 sq ft space, the Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas (CAAC) project not only provides ample shade during the day, but also an enchanting light at night. And in true umbrella form, each aids in helping the city to cope with water issues, allowing for drainage inside.
In this video, Associate Design Director Liz Ogbu of Public Architecture discusses her role in the organization, current projects, how she began working for Public Architecture, and the impact quality design can have on underserved populations.
Public Architecture puts the resources of architecture in the service of the public interest. They identify and solve practical problems of human interaction in the built environment and act as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy and the design of public spaces and amenities.