suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
erich SCHOENENBERGER / ferda KOLATAN: TA proposal for EV (Electrical Vehicle) charging stations in NYC.
E_VINE positions itself between the realms of infrastructure, architecture and product design.
E_VINE zones function as discreet elements with the ability to conglomerate and network into larger fields. The transition from gasoline to electricity will unfold in stages, gradually, and over time. Any successful system dealing with the distribution of charging stations therefore will have to be able to bridge from individual stand-alone nodes to clusters of many. In addition, E_VINE zones should provide for complimentary programmatic functions that engage by-passers even if they do not require a vehicle charge. The charging stations consist of two main components: The “Solar Leaf” and the “Charge Pad”. The Solar Leafs can be configured as stand-alone umbrellas, canopies or trapeze structures that span between buildings, posts, or billboards. Covered with photovoltaic cells, these leafs collect sunlight and store the energy in batteries located inside the Charge Pads. The Charge Pads utilize sidewalks and curbs, demarcating charging zones through a change in materiality, form, and “plug-in” programs such as digital info kiosks, laptop and cell phone chargers. The formal language is deliberately exotic to elicit interest and to project a synthetic organicism, which stands in stark contrast to the modernist grid it seeks to overcome and dilute.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
fK: GM’s Futurama
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
fK: China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station
Design Team: Hart Marlow