Six of us at Daily tous les jours are spending 2 weeks in San Francisco at Autodesk’s Pier 9, working on our next piece for the Market Street Prototyping Festival.
Pier 9 is a facility with lots of machines to make stuff, many of them we dream about at night. It also has a vibrant community of artists and engineers we look forward to meet.
*If you are interested in prototyping adventures, you may enjoy this post too.
2014 took us to many amazing places, visiting project sites or giving talks and workshop in more than 29 cities over 4 continents. As the year came to a close, we headed to Brazil and amongst other things, had the chance to run a week-long workshop in Belo Horizonte.
We always work in collaboration with many – sometimes random – fields of disciplines, and as a result, it can be hard to claim an expertise. So instead, we say our expertise is prototyping: we prototype human-to-human interactions, and with time, we’ve become expert prototypers. Our latest experiments in Brazil proved that prototyping can in fact be quite extreme.
This summer, we were proud to assist the town of Lac-Mégantic (QC) in the process of reinventing itself. The town sadly gained notoriety in 2013, when a freight train derailment of 72 crude oil tank cars caused a massive fire that destroyed the downtown area and took 47 lives.
We were invited to join the rebuilding efforts by creating a path to connect Lac-Mégantic with its new town centre.
The town, having lost most of its public places, was in need of a space for gathering. Lac-Mégantic is world-renowned for its starry skies (Mont-Mégantic is in fact the first International Dark Sky Reserve). With this in mind, we created a set of giant hammocks (30 x 7 ft.) at the end of our foot-path, for people to come together and look at the sky. The hammocks offer a friendly public space for people to watch the stars, the clouds, soak up the sun, or have a picnic.
As Melissa recently mentioned, Daily tous les jours work has many different aspects. I never thought I’d one day be a weave-your-own-giant-hammock expert, but as we learnt a couple of things along the way, we figured we might as well share them.
So if you’re planning on weaving an oversized hammock for your oversized garden, this article might be the right place to start.