2023 Galleries

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Galleries // 2023 Spark:Spring Student // Urban Revival

Urban Revival


Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Suhyun Kim
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Orange Cube Seoul
Team Members: Suhyun Kim

Urban Revival is an innovative and sustainable initiative aimed at repurposing unused buildings for temporary use. Specifically, the project focuses on transforming abandoned factories into indoor farming and farmer's market spaces. By utilizing simple materials such as wood panels and cardboard, these pop-up spaces can be easily built within abandoned buildings. This creates a temporary utilization of the space, bringing people back into the community and revitalizing the area. Additionally, indoor farming and farmer's markets promote sustainable practices and contribute to local food systems, which can have a positive impact on both the environment and the local economy. Moreover, repurposing abandoned buildings for temporary use helps address the issue of urban blight and promotes the efficient use of resources. Instead of constructing new buildings, this makes use of existing structures, reducing the carbon footprint associated with new construction. The pop-up spaces can be decorated with various paintings such as media art or oil paintings on screens made from wood and canvas, creating a unique atmosphere that enhances the overall appeal of the space. Simple assembly allows for the installation of pavilions, sales stands, and indoor farming devices, making it possible to set up in any abandoned factory or other location.