Benjamin Chao

Human Tidal Waves

The movable city


Movement of space based on human traffic. This is an sculpture that represents how space can transform based on movement. The concept came out of research for turnstiles and patterns of human traffic within the city. The idea is to build a city where space is constantly shifted to where it is needed.

User Scenario
The sculpture is divided into two parts, representing two sides of a city. Sheets of paper will be constantly shifted in and out of both sides. Ideally when an audience approaches the sculpture, the paper is pushed out, and when he/she leaves, the paper retracts. Since the platform is two sided, when when side contracts the other expands. This is because in the future city space is neither destroyed nor created, but is constantly shifted from one place to another.