Reuse and Repurposing of Existing City Materials for New Use: Jesolo, Italy | SCOTT BURNHAM


Innovative reuse of old umbrellas to create seating and shade. From scottburnham.com.

Scott Burnham describes a project he worked on in Jesolo, Italy (near Venice) where he helped to create public installations using the city’s own leftover materials. Cities all across the world want to make their public spaces more engaging, but lack the funds for major innovations. That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t have materials or even skilled labor on hand, it may just mean that they need a creative spark to figure out how to put it in motion. Burnham helps provide that spark in his “Made of Jesolo” project, where he gathered designers to create insteresting places using existing city materials. Designers used stop lights, pipes, street lighting, and the umbrellas shown above to create dynamic spaces, many of which have an interesting post-industrial sort of feel that I think would go well in a Pittsburgh or Detroit type city. A really interesting project.

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