Accessible Beaches

“A disability service project to ensure accessible beaches for the disabled and elderly in wheelchairs”

Designer : No Barrier
Project City : Muğla, Turkey

  • Accessible Beaches is a project of designing all the facilities on a beach in Mugla, Turkey, including deck, changing rooms, and shower booths, barrier-free, so that people with disabilities and the elderly with mobility difficulties also can go into the sea, enjoying the beach more conveniently.
  • The deck made with a special material has been installed on 19 beaches since 2016. As it is designed to prevent wheels from being stuck in sand, people with disabilities can get to the beach by themselves in their wheelchair. Since this detachable deck can be installed and demolished easily, beach space can be utilized in a versatile manner for different seasons.
  • This project is being expanded from Mugla to other regions in Turkey, presenting a best practice that people with disabilities, caregivers and tourists can be equal on a beach.

No BARRIER team group consist of technical staff of Social Services Department of Mugla Metropolitan Municipality. Mr. Ertan  ztürk, Mr. Murat  nür, Mr. Hasan Berkem YENICE and Mr.Yetkin Camlı are the main conductors and the implementers of the project. They are conducting the staff working in the project.

Cine Passeio

“An urban recovery project to remodel a former military building into a cultural complex with movie theaters reminiscent of old cinemas”

Designer : IPPUC(Institute for Research and Urban Planning of Curitiba)
Project City : Curitiba, Brazil

  • Cine Passeio is a project that repurposed a military building constructed in the 1930s to house administrative part of Brazilian military into a cultural center by paying homage to a theater located at the center of the city in the past.
  • Cine Passeio includes two screening rooms, educational facility and multi-purpose space. Also, it is designed to allow people to enjoy films and performances with a large LED screen installed at a nearby outdoor park.
  • Another strength of Cine Passeio is various cultural and art programs that invite citizens to a social space where design, art, technology and culture meet together. With these experiment, the building revitalized not just Riachuelo street, but also its neighboring areas.

Mauro Magnabosco, D ris Teixeira e Carla Choma Frankl, that are responsible for Cine Passeio’s design project, have more than 30 years of practice in architecture and urban planning, with proposals that aimed at the improvement of urban environment with the preservation and appreciation of historical heritage, including street redevelopment projects, with focus on pedestrians and full accessibility. Also, proposals for public facilities for health, education and culture.

Den-paku Hotel

“A local revitalization project to offer both accommodation at historic renovated houses and traditional village culture experiences”

Designer : Shima Hito Takara General Incorporated Association
Project City : Amami, Japan

  • Den-paku Hotel is a redesigned accommodations of old traditional houses in Kasari town, northern part of a small and beautiful Amami Island, which has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage.
  • This project not just utilized empty houses for accommodations, but also developed an experience program for communication between local residents and tourists, so that local people can create additional income.
  • Den-paku Hotel has expanded from two empty houses in 2016 to 30 houses and buildings, including 44 guest rooms. Now, its goal is transferring traditional culture of the village to the next generation by using the income generated by residents.

Project leader Yasuhiro Yamashita, composed a team of experts in design, accommodations, community revitalization, and welfare, renovating old houses into “Den-paku”, preserving and passing on the culture and history of the island and revitalizing the entire village. “Den-paku” transforms the villarger’s daily life into tourism through various experience programs where the villagers are the main cast supported by the tourists.

Gardens in the air

“An urban circular renaturalisation project to create an open vertical garden using recycled water from outdoor air conditioner units”

Designer : Nomad Garden S.L.
Project City : Sevilla, Spain

  • Gardens in the Air are a project carried out in Sevilla, a hot and dry city with 82.6% of air conditioner penetration rate. Its main activity is creating gardens by using about two liters of water generated from air conditioner operation every hour.
  • In the Gardens in the Air installed on the exterior walls of an old building, plants suitable for the local environment were planted. These gardens also serve as fountains for local birds in the area.
  • Centering around these Gardens in the Air, there are other activities on-going, such as a workshop on making perfume using local plants, namely tangerine trees, and composing polyphony music by capturing human and non-human sounds.

Gardens are spaces for dialogue between society and nature. Laboratories of coexistence where the potentialities of humans and non-humans are linked. Nomad Garden is working to rethink these alliances by developing projects and tools that enhance their value.

House of Dreams

“An urban cave settlement participatory revitalization project to build a community center with recycled household and construction waste”

Designer : Insitu Project (Kuo Jze Yi, Peter Hasdell), Zhoushan Community Group (Liang Jun) and Ku Hok Bun
Project City : Dengfeng(Zhoushan), China

  • House of Dreams is a project to make a community center in an abandoned cave house in Zhoushan village, Dengfeng, China with active participation of local residents. Through this, the project gave them a new perspective about design.
  • Residents from 100 villages in the vicinity collected wastes and participated in construction, leaving their story and memory on the surface of the building. This project gave them an opportunity to take pride about their community and deeply understand ways to recycle wastes.
  • The process of designing the community space through on-site discussion without any provided technical drawings made these unskilled residents main actors in the design process.
  • House of Dreams was co-designed and co-constructed by Lian Jun and the Zhoushan Community Group, Insitu Project and Dr Ku Hok Bun as a collaborative venture. The co-authorship in a unique process led to very special outcomes. The team aligned the different skills of community organisation (Lian Jun and the Zhoushan Community Group), architecture and construction (Insitu Project) and solidarity economy (Dr Ku Hok Bun) to achieve this.
  • In-situ Project is a cross-disciplinary design-based research platform based in the School of Design in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Founded in 2015 by architects Peter Hasdell and Kuo Jze Yi, In-situ Project engages communities in rural contexts involving participatory design and construction (hardware), and social enterprise creation (software) to activate local conditions and increase community resilience.

La Mexicana Park

“An integral urban rehabilitation project to transform an old open air quarry into the safest park in the city”

Designer : Mario Schjetnan
Project City : Mexico City, Mexico

  • La Mexicana Park is located in an area that has been used as a quarry for 50 years. Though original plan was constructing a large-scale apartment complex, local residents took the initiative to have negotiations with the municipal government and private developers for 10 years and finally designed this large-scale park.
  • La Mexicana Park is the most safest park in the city without any crime taking place for the last three years. It also became one of the famous places in the city, attracting two million visitors per year since the opening of the park.
  • Since the park is operated with the rent from convenience facilities, it does not require any municipal budget. Therefore, it proves that a large-scale bottom-up design project can be financially independent.

Mario Schjetnan / Grupo de Dise o Urbano is an interdisciplinary design office specialized in urban design, landscape architecture and architecture.


“A participatory space design project to create an alternative exploratory space for Tweens between the ages of 12 to 16”

Designer : EUS+ Architects
Project City : Jeonju, Korea

  • OOZOORO1216 is a project to create an alternative space outside of home and school for the so-called “Tween” generation aged between 12 and 16. The focal point of the design inspired by the walls of Jeonju Castle allows people to explore the space by connecting different zones with a corridor, rather than creating a room.
  • A participatory design workshop for the “Tween” generation who will actually use the space allowed children to take part in the design work and gave them capabilities to the lead design process.
  • After the opening of the space, through this project children can be managers of its library to introduce the space to others and make guidelines. They can also experience the process of improving the environment by themselves.

EUS+ Architects is an architectural design office that examines, researches, and workshops with the children as well as general architectural design for the next generation. We work to make good stories in various areas of architecture. Through a process called participatory design workshop with users, we try hard to catch their thoughts or hopes and reflect them in the space.

Place des Possibles

“A phased participatory collective architecture project to renovate an old local factory into a community facility”

Designer : Collectif Etc
Project City : Saint Laurent en Royans, France

  • Place des Possibles that was repurposed from an old factory in the city by working together with local residents in a gradual manner (Place des Possibles)
  • Place des Possibles is a participatory construction project that turned an outdated textile factory in a small village into a cultural space through cooperation between local residents and experts.
  • Instead of a large-scale construction with a huge amount of upfront cost, the project was conducted in a gradual manner based on a cooperative design with small budget. Also, local actors participated in the entire process.
  • This project transformed an old metal ventilation equipment into furniture, while designing a new sign of the building out of an old metal panel. This work developed through resident workshop, presenting a new direction of sharing design.

Collectif Etc is a group of 6 people working in the fields of architecture, urbanism and design. We aim to experiment alternative ways of producing space for people working for social and ecological solutions. With both roles of designers and builders, we put the art of making at the heart of our practice. The creative processes with the local communities remains the main value in our work.

Trash Busters

“A resource circulation solution project to replace disposables with recyclable multiple-use products”

Designer : Trash Busters
Project City : Seoul, Korea

  • Trash Busters was organized in 2019 to address disposable wastes issue in urban areas. It designed a circular system in which it lends multi-use containers to festival sites, event venues and theaters where generally disposable products are widely used; collects them; clean them; and lends them again.
  • After their service life, the multi-use containers made of polypropylene (PP) which is no harm to human body and heat resistant will be crushed into small grains and turned into a new product. This prevents the production of disposable products from the beginning. Therefore, it reduces carbon emissions not just from the production of disposable products, but also from the incineration of disposable products, while cutting down cost for waste treatment.
  • With convenience and kindness at the core of its design philosophy, the project adopted an interesting concept by using a BI (brand identity) that paid homage to Ghostbusters logo to bust wastes, not ghosts. Through its brand design with vivid orange color, instead of green that symbolizes eco-friendliness, Trash Busters makes the utilization of multi-use containers a new trend.

Trash Busters is replacing single-use items with reusable items.

Yujidao Park

“A large scale ecological park design project to bring the city and nature together in harmony”

Designer : BLVD International
Project City : Nanchong, China

  • Yujidao Park is designed like a piece of landscape painting by visually connecting old city with new city through Jialing River, Sichuan, and harmonizing it with a variety of plants.
  • In order to protect natural forest, while considering the experience and participation of visitors, the flow of visitors have been optimized and roads and buildings were designed according to the scale and space of the forest.
  • Through this project, we can appreciate not just the majesty of giant nature, but also the considerate efforts of the design for coexistence with nature.

BLVD International