The Associative Urban Furniture (A.U.F.) is designed to be applied in various sites of Costa Rica's Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), a territory defined by urban sprawl resulting in an urban culture that has been struggling with the definition and acceptance of its public domain. Public installations or urban furniture do hardly exist due to fear of theft or vandalism; those that do exist are in bad state and appear unattractive to the population. Nevertheless, urban furniture could be an important element for the enjoyment and appropriation of urban public space. For that reason, we developed a durable theft- and weather resistant toolbox with different variations of urban furniture prototypes generated by different site conditions in specific locations. Each object is developed as a geometric prototype associated to its direct urban surrounding, combining commercial advertising with an integrated mix use program on a small scale, such as garbage recycling stations, kiosks, information points, weather shelters or bus stops. The integrated lighting design of the individual elements will help to improve public security in the currently dark and dangerous parts of town. The project is commissioned by a group of four major companies for outdoor advertisement in Costa Rica, proposing an innovative model of public private partnerships for urban renovation.


Team: A Company (Oliver Schütte, Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Ronald Fonseca, Christian Castro)

Scope: Concept Design and Marketing Study

Client: Colorvisión, Panorama, POL, Supervallas

Location: Greater Metropolitan Area, Costa Rica

Status: Completed

Year: 2010