pARC装置是由The Urban Conga设计，作为教堂山小镇社区和位于北卡罗来纳大学的Ackland艺术博物馆的开放式互动空间。The Urban Conga工作室通过与社区负责人和博物馆代表的一系列参与式设计研讨会设计了空间干预。来自社区和博物馆代表的反馈和对未来公共规划的意见共同形成了最终设计。Ackland艺术博物馆是教堂山的一座公共博物馆，馆藏丰富，但其提供的服务却鲜为人知。pARC被设计成坐落在博物馆的开放平台上，作为连接到街道的桥梁，作为对话、事件、教学和目前存在于Ackland馆内的其他设计的延伸。
pARC was designed by The Urban Conga to serve as an open-ended programmable space for the community of Chapel Hill and the Ackland Art Museum, located at the University of North Carolina. The Urban Conga studio designed the spatial intervention through a series of participatory design workshops with community stakeholders and museum representatives. Feedback and input from the community and museum representatives led to the final design of the space, as well as input on future public programming. The Ackland Art Museum is a free museum in Chapel Hill that hosts a surplus of diverse programming within its doors, but it seemed many community members were unaware of the museum and what it had to offer. pARC was designed to sit on the open terrace of the museum, serving as a bridge to connect it to the street as a programmable extension of the conversations, events, teachings, and other programming that currently exists within the doors of the Ackland.
装置展示了如何利用游戏使艺术机构变得更加亲民，让艺术从“展台”上走下来，将工作和空间的所有权交给人们。 装置邀请人们从街上走进博物馆，吸引那些以前不会驻足的人进入空间。 该装置成为一个变革性的公共平台，为人们以新的方式提供了与博物馆、大学以及彼此间的互动。
The design shows how play can be utilized as a tool in the democratization of art institutions, effectively removing art from the pedestal to allow people to take ownership of the work and the space. It invites people from the street into the museum, attracting people who may have previously been uncomfortable entering the space. The installation becomes a transformative communal platform, allowing all users to engage with the museum, university, and each other in new ways.
The design of pARC both mimics and contrasts the Georgian-style architecture of the museum. The design takes the symmetrical colonial composition and breaks it into a series of interconnected arcs. These series of arcs appear to grow up from the ground to frame the various social spaces that allow users to put their own identity onto the work, the museum, and the surrounding space. pARC becomes a flexible communal space evoking endless ways to play, gather, perform, teach, converse, or even take a nap. The spatial gesture takes on its users' identities and utilizes its playable design to break down social barriers and spark communal connection within the space.
The color of the work was designed in coordination with the rebranding of the Ackland, helping to draw people into the museum and serving as a connector to their new brand and mission. The work utilizes universal design standards to make it an inclusive space that anyone can use. Underneath the grass sits a sustainable mesh system that allows for wheelchair accessibility within the space, while still allowing the grass to grow up through it.
Each archway serves as a framed or reflective view of the surrounding context, allowing the user to view the area through a different lens. As one passes the work, they begin to realize that their movement changes the colors of the panels, sparking different filtered views of the context around them. The installation not only responds to the user, but also to the environment by reflecting and refracting the surrounding context through its dichroic lenses, while also casting shadows onto the ground and the panels themselves.
The work utilizes light, both during the day and at night, as a tool to evoke play and wonder within the space. During the day, the user can interact with the sun to cast shadows onto the panels, or to shift the colors reflected within the space. This interaction sparks a connection between the person and the sun, and reveals how their actions begin to create a reaction within the space. At night, this same effect is created through the use of red, green, and blue lights that allow the user to color mix with their shadows on the panels. The shadow play on the work becomes another way that the user can begin to play with the work, space, and others.
pARC becomes a transformative landmark for all types of play, from physical to fantasy, highlighting how play can be utilized as a critical tool in evoking more inclusive and equitable communal spaces.
Client: Ackland Art Museum & University of North Carolina
Location: Chapel Hill, NC – USA
Project Size: 864 sq ft
Designers: The Urban Conga