La plaza de las flores is a Project that try to manage all the waste generate in the square and at the same time try to create an urban image. In order to create a recognisable image for the square we have been taking in account the user profile, the identity of the square and the constructive material
1. USER PROFILE
Most of the users that participate in Tardeo activity are from 80’s generation; they have a high level of education and cultural concerns. That’s the reason we have used the pixilation (like in the old games, when technology haven’t been developed as nowadays) as a main concept for design.
2. CONSTRUCTIVE MATERIAL
In addition the constructive material that we can built our prototypes is cardboard tube and after a lot or researchers the way the work the best are as a independent modules. Working with modules also allow us more variability and easier way to transport and stack
3. IDENTITY OF THE SQUARE
Finally we thought about the identity in itself of the Plaza 25 de Mayo also called La plaza de las flores and we wanted to make stronger this idea by creating an artificial garden with rubbish. For this purpose we have used the colours of the flower stores.
The process to select the colors it will be used in the prototypes was creating a common palette after we pixelate different pictures of the flower stores
In order to achieve a sponsor for our project we have present a budget of the project and a dossier to inform about the situation of the square and the image that, in this case, Alhambra has for the citizens.
We also are going to try to talk to the “Artista fallero” Course in order to collaborate with them for the constructive process.
Moreover we have the collaboration of Smurfit Kappa as a company who offers us their cardboard tubes, our main constructive material
We needed to transport around 1000 cardboard tubes given by Smurfit Kappa.
To simplify part of the process we decide to cut all the tubes with the same measure 45 cm.
After cutting process it was necessary the first sanding .
In order to joint the tubes without a big measure mistake we had to built a prototype to mark all the tubes.
Just after having these marks we could drill the 12 holes that were needed for most all the tubes.
After drilling process it was necessary the second sanding.
Bridling process had two parts, in the first one we just arrange all the tubes to create one of the four shapes we were working on (flower, star, cloud and table). In the second one in a flat surface we could finally attach the flanges.
After the modules were finished it was necessary the third sanding process in order to get a flat surface
8. CUTTING COVERS
City hall gave us 40 cardboard layers that we could cut with a round shape thanks to Artefacte.
Before the waterproof and color layer we had to paste all the covers interchanged the cover and the open tubes in each face of the module
10. WATERPROOF LAYER
In order to give some extra resistance to the modules and to obtain better results with the painting we add a waterproof layer.
Finally we painted all the modules with different colors thanks to the donation of Leroy Merlin that also gave us the flanges and the waterproof material.
To finally obtain permission to make the event we had to make:
1. A document explaining all the project
2. A plan to indicate where is or is not allowed to locate the modules
3. A insurance given by the city hall
4. A file for each module explaining the measures and the capability for the Rubbish management company (Inusa)
Also a transport were needed to move the modules from the University of Alicante (the place where we have been working) to the square, but in the last moment councils decided not to collaborate anymore in the project, so we could transport the modules thanks to Smurfit Kappa which paid a truck to make it possible.
In addition an advertisement campaign was developed to explain users how to use the modules promoting recycling, however, also in the very last moment, city hall decided no to print the posters and flyers for the event.
The event was a completely success. People not just used the modules as a public furniture but also as a a containers and after the even the square was cleaner than other Saturdays, reducing the rubbish on the floor in around 85%. We also had a talk to the workers of Inusa in order to know their opinion.