Inflatable Moment Installation Spring 2014
ED4A: Design and Activism took over the inner courtyard of Wurster Hall with large inflatables exploring space and freedom. In groups of 5-6, students and activists experimented with how design and activism influence one another in creating extraordinary environments while tackling today’s social issues.
The project was in inspired by the historical UC Berkeley event Air Emergency from 1970 set up by a group of architects called Ant Farm. The Ant Farm architects captured the sense of destruction and militarization of the environment by creating a huge plastic “fallout shelter” in the lower Sproul Plaza. The group aimed to draw awareness to the increasing problem of air pollution.
Students in Environmental Design continue to explore the fundamental idea that design is a vehicle for change, and the role that they play in transforming public spaces.