London – Forests by Asif Khan and Mini Living proposes a much needed change in public-space planning.
The automotive brand continues to explore areas beyond the traditional definitions of mobility as a way of creating a more holistic urban experience. ‘As the next stage of Mini Living we are proposing a more dynamic use of the city, with third spaces that can be activated on a temporary basis,’ explains Oke Hauser, creative lead of the Mini Living project.
Designed by London-based Asif Khan, the installations are placed unprotected and open in the public space, with residents and passers-by acting as guardians. ‘As architects we watch traditional public spaces disappear, often co-opted by corporate landlords,’ says Khan. ‘I believe we have to create new formats of public space that will re-engage urban communities and by doing so we can foster respect for shared environments.’
A new wave of placemaking initiatives is replacing 20th-century-style top-down planning with a more organic and context-sensitive approach. For more on this shift read our Placemaking market report.