The Eco Designer’s Guild is a group of professional designers based in the city of Pittsburgh, who are working together to inform, empower and inspire the community and its leaders to further sustainable practices at home, in urban and green spaces, and the collective culture. The eDG also addresses social problems spanning issues of green practices, community revitalization and promoting local, organic foods.
The Green+Screen project is an effort to revitalize a once vibrant main street corridor through the installation of environmental art projects that both mask blighted urban facades and promote sustainable practices in the community. The project began with a strategic masterplan identifying 30+ urban voids along the main street of Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each G+S project involves design research, concept generation, design development, engineering, construction, and installation performed by a team of volunteers comprised of designers, engineers, architects, landscape architects, artists, and writers.
Spak Brothers Installation
The project illustrated below shows the ongoing evolution of a project for an all to common landscape void surrounding a parking lot of a local restaurant. The design process has evolved from historical site research and has been through several design iterations. The project aims to be an artistic and whimsical interpretation of a common bus stop bench and median landscaping. Construction is currently ongoing with hopes of the final installation being completed before winter of 2011.
Project and Image Credits:
Project Design, Facilitation, and Construction: Matt Zambelli, Rebecca Mizikar, Josh Lederer, Myles Geyman, and Catherine Peek
Modeling and Rendering: Matt Zambelli
Supports inlaid to backrest slats to keep visual repetition
Slat stacking for the straight section of bench
1:1 mock up of thebench seat assembly
First transition assembly of the large bench
First two sections of the small bench on display at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery
Two proud team members testing the bench out
Small bench installed on site
Installation of the large bench completely pre fabricated off site
Hammer drilling for bench support anchor bolts
Large bench secured in place
Rear view highlighting the bench porosity and reclaimed wood
Installed benchs awaiting a corner element