Portal

Alex Johnson, Jeff Smith, Mitch Hoyt, and Colin Fishbaugh

Project Title

Portal

Entrant Location

Cleveland, USA

Special Recognition

2013 Honorable Mention

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Project Summary

Celebrate the magnificence of cold climate cities and culture by: • Activating public spaces typically underutilized during the winter by creating a destination event which brings people together and encourages socialization. • Promoting and subsequently elevating the stature of cold climate cities on the global stage through a trade of cultures with other cities that have contrasting climatic conditions.

PROPOSAL
Form a virtual portal between a cold and a warm climate city that exports and simultaneously imports their climate and associated culture:

• Participant cities choose a significant public space to host the portal as a temporary installation for one season (three months). Multiple cities may participate and may do so more than once forming a different connection each time.
• Portal venue is assembled from customized shipping containers (cans) which can be configured in multiple ways dependent on the selected public space.

There are two types of cans:

Lower Level – Interactive stands that support commerce and demonstrations for the following components: food and beverage cafe, seasonal/cultural experiences, arts & crafts shop, and city branding store

Upper Level – Interactive technology with a live video display from connected city’s venue also functioning as a canopy for rain/snow screening or sun-shading