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Think Micro



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Project for Public Spaces
August 13, 2015
December 22, 2017

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Created by designers at İyiofis, in Izmir, Turkey, with help from the İzmir University of Economics, a project called Think Micro is lining the city’s waterfront with small floating parks that show the potential of local, small-scale public space improvements. Izmir’s coastline, defined by its monotonous, flat open spaces, offers little variety, while Think Micro’s docks act as modular, multi-functional spaces that address the various needs of users. A long pier serves fishermen, for example, while another single dock provides an intimate seaside meeting spot. These structures--lightweight, easy to assemble, and cheap to construct--allow citizens to interact with their waterfront in new and ever-evolving ways.

Originally tested in the summer of 2014 near a school, Think Micro soon became a popular destination for both children and adults. The docks went on to the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial and participated in the 2014 World Cities Challenge, organized by UN-Habitat and The Guardian, where the project won second place. The intervention shows how LQC strategies can help uproot long-standing traditions of large-scale, capital-intensive urban development.

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Photo credits, all: İyiofis via their website 

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Think Micro has become a popular spot
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The montneous shoreline without Think Micro
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This rendering shows Think Micro's potential to be expanded
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Docks are easily assembeled and dissembled
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A perfect spot to relax
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A new place for socializing

*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.


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