Cellular Canopy
New York, NY · 2011 Design · StreetFest Competition Entry

I proposed to create a Cellular Canopy above the sidewalk – providing a spatial experience akin to walking within a deep forest – a respite from the concrete gauntlet of Bowery.

The Cellular Canopy is composed of individual hexagonal units or cells which when bolted together form an undulating surface. The cells are composed of four sheets of CNC milled Coroplast – a lightweight, corrugated plastic material – that are then folded and fastened together. The fold induces double curvature, providing rigidity in the final form. The Coroplast comes in a wide variety of colors, which will be used to signify the underlying program. For instance, red represents eating/food vendor areas, blue represents workshops/exhibits, yellow represents vendors, and green represents performance areas. With color and strategic arrangement, the flexibility of the system will enable the tents to be customized to the final program pieces. The cells will also be lit from inside using small LED groups with independent battery sources.