Street Wear is a modular shelter system that highlights the interconnectedness of products, systems, and spaces in the urban environment. Taking advantage of rented scaffold structures which are used as a device for building, and altering the cities appearance, as well as re-routing pedestrians through our cities constantly changing landscape; Street Wear allows participants to re-think their relationship to the common spaces of the city’s sidewalks and streets. The curtain component of the scaffold design shifts the function of the sidewalk from a place of traversal, to a gathering space for social engagement and the exchange of ideas and resources.
Over the course of the three day festival, the project invites visitors to engage in the activity of re-purposing and recycling as they participate in the dismantling of the curtain wall, transforming it into products such as; bags, ponchos, and jackets. The curtain is made from soft structure Tyvek, a recyclable material, which can be repurposed from a shelter covering into a garment and then again, recycled by the user. This onsite intervention of dismantling and sewing the garments is facilitated by local tailors on site; drawing attention to, and promoting local businesses in the economically threatened Garment District. This activity brings public awareness to socio-economic challenges that we see in the shifting neighborhoods of our city.
The roof structure is made from Coroplast recyclable corrugated plastic, enabling light to filter into the interior spaces of the structure. Functional elements such as benches, tables, lighting, and swings are hung from the scaffolding, encouraging social interaction and allowing for multiple activities to take place within the spaces. At the end of the event, the Street Wear scaffold structure is returned to the rental company, and all materials and products are recycled and repurposed, disseminating back into the fabric of the city.