Community Dispersal

Nitiporn Sawad, Thailand

Explanatory Note

Community Dispersal (CD) is a design proposal for space under Dobrininsky Bridge is a manifestation of power of light in creating ambience and adding architectural quality to the space. This minimal intervention is thought to add dynamicity to the solid 10 km strip, to break the rigidity of concrete structure and bring life to the area.

The existing space is composed of a static upper concrete plain and a muddy and wet ground. The atmosphere through 10km strip appears as dark, dull, static, unsafe and inhabitable. The bridge itself situates away from the heart of the Yaroslavl, on the edge of suburban area. The bridge function is connecting two residential areas, which are separated by series of ground traffic route. The challenge of this area is not the insufficient space for usage, but rather, to bring life, positive energy and activities to the quiet area. As the context suggested, hence is why, an installation is introduced instead of an enclosed space.

Community Dispersal

The installation is series of 3D arrow module which is covered with CD shinny surfaces. It is inexpensive as CD is recycling material. It is simple to construct which allows people at any age or professional background to participate in constructing the module. These shinny surfaces act as light-bouncing element to incorporate natural sunlight, wind, puddles and traffic light in order to light up the space. It is almost like installing mirror ceiling and mirror ground (through water puddles), to draw attention upwards with water ripple and light spots. The idea to tackle space issue is creating connection between plains and along the strip itself. The space should be sustainably dynamic, not through form but the atmosphere. CD plains are hung loosely which allow the surface to sway by wind, and the light fall on different spot. The endless bounce of light, through multiple light sources, creates the glistening light affect similar to festival time.

Because not all space under the bridge is accessible on foot, visual connection is important to unite the space together as one long strip. The modules are arranged in such way that they contain focal points along the strip through directional layout and varies density. This not only led the sight horizontally, it also creates visual priority to the existing elongate span.

These shiny surfaces allow space to transform every second, creating endless and different lighting effects as the environment shifts. During day time, the module performs, taking advantage from sunlight. While at night, the light from car, train or truck will shine on to the surfaces as they are passing by. The 2 nodes act almost like chandelier, the center of light collecting and therefore the most bright spot along the entire strip.


Nitiporn Sawad

I am a freelance landscape architect from Thailand who has special interest in land art.

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