LDF 2016: Public Living

20.09.2016 LDF 2016 : MINI Living : Placemaking Futures
Forests by Asif Khan and Mini Living at London Design Festival 2016, UK

London – Forests by Asif Khan and Mini Living proposes a much needed change in public-space planning.

  • The project introduces a new type of public environment that serves as an extension of domestic space rather than being focused on consumption
  • The Mini Living project aims to create maximum experience using minimal footprint

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.’

The Big Picture

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.

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