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re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

Posted By Moe Beitiks On November 7, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Art,Decorative Objects,Design,Green Materials,Innovation,Recycled Materials,San Francisco,Urban design | 1 Comment

reUse Canopy by BIOS 2

One of the main principles of permaculture is that “the problem is the solution.” Problem: tons of waste cups created by attendees of the OutsideLands [1] concert in San Francisco. Solution: a fabulous recycled cup canopy. BIOS Design Collective [2] tapped a keg and invited their friends over for a canopy party, building a gorgeous wave of concave color at Stable Cafe [3] just in time for Architecture and the City [4].

construction of reUse canopy

They started by stringing steel cable mesh above the Stable Cafe patio in equidistant lines. Designer Chris Chalmers [5] created the layout for the cables using a definition created by Grasshopper [6], a graphical algorithm editor. Laminated cards depicting sections of the canopy helped volunteers to place their multi-colored cups in an artistic– and precisely algorithmic– fashion.

reUse canopy by BIOS 3

As the keg drained, revelers clipped the cups onto the cables with special, laser-cut plastic clips. We wonder what the next BIOS installation will be– plastic clip jewelry? Regardless, the resulting canopy was stunning in its form and precision. The BIOS blog boasts [7] that the keg for the party cost more than the materials to create the canopy. We’ll drink to that.

clips for reUSE canopy

+ BIOS [2]

+ Stable Cafe [3]

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URLs in this post:

[1] OutsideLands: http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

[2] BIOS Design Collective: http://biosarch.wordpress.com/

[3] Stable Cafe: http://www.stablecafe.com/

[4] Architecture and the City: http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Architecture_and_the_City.htm

[5] Chris Chalmers: http://biosarch.wordpress.com/contact/

[6] Grasshopper: http://www.grasshopper3d.com/

[7] The BIOS blog boasts: http://biosarch.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/aiasf-parametric-canopy/

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