F e r n - i t u r e

Many One is a collaborative design studio that pursues synergistic endeavors. The studio draws on myriad experiences, resources, points of inspiration and expertise to direct each unique project in ways that allow a deeper understanding of the inherent potentials to engage climate, culture, and local contexts.

Program Description

F e r n-iture
Presented by Nash Waters, Master of Architecture 2014 and Joe DiBella, Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Candidate 2015

Fern-iture was originally conceived as a conceptual entry for the 2013 I-CARES (International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability) Competition. The project demonstrates and encourages multidisciplinary and multifunctional thinking through sustainable design which addresses both social and ecological elements. It is intended to be installed on large, impervious surfaces to create opportunities for new, spontaneous social interaction, in addition to the micro scale environmental impacts. The installation is a small scale proposal to identify and transform urban and ecological issues through design.

Small scale environmental impacts include:
+ stormwater management (a significant problem within St. Louis)
+ reduction of urban heat islands
+ blueberry bushes: not only visually beautiful, but also a food source for local wildlife and pedestrians
+ flexible / adaptable / transportable

The piece of Fern-iture is compartmentalized into 8 components – each of the six seating sides of the hexagon can be removed from the central planter, which can be separated into two halves. This allows for two individuals to disassemble the project within minutes, transport, and reassemble the project in a new location with little effort. The hexagonal shape optimizes seating variations to create more social or more isolated experiences, based on each person’s desire. The more pieces of Fern-iture that exist in a space, the greater the impact and potential for accumulation and organization of various spatial strategies.

While the project is not a solution to climate change, it can begin a dialogue on approaching issues of rapid urbanization and ecological instability.

Special Thanks

A Special Thanks to: Kate Woerheide
Project funded by I-CARES