APNI LARI

the cart home

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

This is a device for living and working in the street; a public good of decentralized administration. An opportunity for those in need, which provides emergency shelter and working spaces: a transportable furniture piece, capable of adapting to Indian urban contingencies.

Departing from pre-existing public space behaviours -as well as different forms of street appropriation- the cart synthesises and adapts a multiplicity of practices into one device. It reutilizes these clever strategies within an open-source, do-it-yourself outlook. An easy to construct -small scale- structure, which employs common and long-lasting materials, hence reducing on transportation costs and eventually investing in local workmanship: we project construction methods of low-energy consumption, which simultaneously assure re-utilization of materials.

The project simultaneously addresses issues of disproportional streetscape distribution, pedestrian vulnerability, blind facades, neglected footpaths, uncontrolled rubbish production, high index of homelessness, and so on. For that, it pretends to intentionally invade the vehicular space, extending the footpath into self-managed markets that protect the pedestrian from the traffic and even the harsh sunlight. This ephemeral architectural event is meant to transform leftover spaces into referential territories of citizen appropriation, exchange, and cultural activity, therefore reclaiming the city.