Inspired by tandems, if the distance between the front and back seats is sufficient, it can keep the two people in 1.5 meters
As I am not sure whether the bicycle chains and gears can support such a distance, we could also combine two monocycles with a beam
Face to face is better than face to back as for fostering social encounters, and in this way they can move both forward and backward while maintaining 1.5 meters distance.
If we change the beam into a circle, then it can contains more people and it is much easier to keep balance.
How can we connect with each other in a 1,5 meter distance society?
The problem with the current situation is that we do not have the furniture to fill the gaps of 1,5 meters. If we want to stay apart, the terraces, parks and streets will be empty. What if we make the furniture bigger, to fill the gap? Its like the ‘bijentafels’ in Amsterdam, giant furniture, to feel you’re still close to each other at the same table.
This gives the idea of this bench, where you can sit with two persons at the time. The mouth will stay on a 1,5 meter distance to each other, but you can connect with your feet. There is a low risk of infection here; feet are also touching the dirt on the streets, without people getting infected. The form of the bench creates cozyness, as it is easy to speak with each other. Also, it gives protection from the wind.
This is a multifunctional table whereas children, adults, and all age groups can use it. It has moveable sitting places to extent the sitting areas or to give the chance to another user to share it. Two up to four persons can use this table as a playing (rotating) object due to the wheels underneath it.
During Covid-19 most people have to stay at home and reduce outdoor activities. Many interesting behaviors appear such as: Balcony concerts, UAV walking dogs.etc. The way people using space has changed dramatically. In the past, the space between buildings is passive even ignored by people. But during this period, the outer window/balcony space become active even the communication space for neighbors.
Inspired by the video of Italy balcony tennis show, I come up with the idea of this removable table tennis board. Each board will be half part of a whole table which can be made by the thin film to reduce the self-weight.
This board can be printed with different patterns to suit different types of games(billiards, poker, table football, and so on). Surrounding the board can also attach nets to store missing balls so the balls miss catch won’t fall to the ground and hurt others.
If we can’t connect on a physical level, we can try to make a connection on other levels. It can be on the level of movement, as in this beautiful example of the Wip-Wap at the border of Mexico and the U.S., by artist Ronald Rael.
Connections through a different medium than the physical touch
An Acoustic connection
– Inspired by my neighbor’s initiative of the concert
An acoustic connection either above the ground or underground, to have a chat, to connect with your surroundings, or just for fun.
Bospolderplein square needs to be transformed into a safe place where people can gather more often and connect. A small community centre could perhaps facilitate that where people could share their thoughts, knowledge, culture, food and concerns about their neighbourhood. An outdoor living room for children, elderly and families where age and nationality doesn’t separate them, just like a big team!
Where young meets elderly:
An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age.WHO
What do children and elderly have in common?
Both children and the elderly have fountains of love that they want to share. They both have innocence and vulnerability. They love playing games and music. They love to dance. They love stories, some like telling stories and others like hearing stories. They like each other. They find each other fascinating. They look at life through different eyes. They are curious about things and people.
- Storytelling. Swapping stories is a great activity and can help build a connection.
- Planting seeds or gardening. This illustrates the stages of the life cycle.
- Talking about ethnic heritage. Share ethnic customs, discuss the meaning of a name in the native language, or relate special stories passed down about culture.
- Preparing a meal together as well as eating together
- Playing games
- Music and Dancing
Bospolderplein already has good amount of green and sport facilities which is functioning well at the moment. The idea is to create flexible structure which work as meeting points for different activities. These activities are connected with a 1:1 board game painted on the ground with chalk. these games can
These interventions can expand to the rest of the neighbourhood in the future. In this way Bospolderplein, Dak Park and Grote Visserijplein could be connected in a larger scale as well. The games on the ground would act as guiding elements and motivation in order to attract people to the meeting spot.