Wattle You Bring?

Burble Bup Wattles

What a beautiful day to make architecture. It’s week number two of year number two for building the Figment NYC City of Dreams Pavilion. This year the Mexican/NYC firm Bittertang won the honor and hard work of design-build for the season long structure. It’s called Burble Bup and in the end will take shape out structural elements including earthen berms and inflatables.

Today we worked on stuffing wattles. They’re similar to the kind of thing you might use to, say, clean up an oil spill, though in this case a standard mesh is custom dyed pink and green, and they’re filled with wood chips. Fun fact, if you ever need wood chips in Brooklyn, the impeccably manicured Green-Wood Cemetery has mounds and mounds of them for the taking! The wattles you see here are the culmination of today’s hard work. They will become wall elements, and are also very comfortable to sit on.

From the pavilion’s Guadelajara-based office, Architects Antonio Torres and Ubaldo Arenas are in NYC for the duration of bup-struction (and by the way they’re looking for a place to sublet for a few weeks, so you if you know of anything…). This is Bittertang’s second prominent NYC structure, last year they were part of Sukkah City in Union Square.

Over the course of this week, construction will be moving from Greenwood Cemetery to Governors Island. In the meantime the inflatable roof is being welded together–apparently it will hold its shape without the need of a fan blowing. Pavilion Foreperson Rocket Osborne has taken on the mantle of coordination, and he could use your help, so please sign up to volunteer!

A bunch more images from the day are available here. (And if you’re missing last year’s Living Pavilion a little bit right now, why not relive some memories.)

Thanks again Figment, Emerging New York Architects, and Structural Engineers Association of New York for being so supportive of participatory architecture.


About Daniela

Daniela Morell holds a Masters in Architectural Science with a concentration in Built Ecologies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City. Her writing, research, and design work is guided by a value system for sustainability that includes both the responsible use of energy and material resources, as well as the social need for design to inspire more ecologically balanced living.
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