RAI: hu­man­is­ing cities thanks to fur­ni­ture de­sign

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Af­ter trees, ur­ban el­e­ments help to pro­vide a city with a hu­man di­men­sion. The RAI ur­ban fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion presents func­tional el­e­ments that can de­fine spa­ces in a ra­tio­nal and dis­creet way and build set­tings for co­ex­is­tence. Julià Espinas and Olga Tar­rasó from Catalonia and Va­len­cia re­spec­tively, are the de­sign­ers who have cre­ated RAI, awarded last month with the Delta Awards 2018 and born for the development and adap­ta­tion process of La Bun­y­ola path (El Prat de Llo­bre­gat, Barcelona). “We had to cre­ate a fam­ily of fur­ni­ture el­e­ments that in­te­grated the func­tions of a bench and a ta­ble, al­low­ing in­di­vid­ual use but en­cour­ag­ing col­lec­tive use,” the de­sign­ers ex­plain. RAI is made from UHPC slats and sup­ports in cast an­odised aluminium. The four-com­po­nent sys­tem can be com­bined and re­peated, thus pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions suited to many dif­fer­ent scales: ur­ban ar­eas, land­scapes or semi-pri­vate spa­ces.

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