> A WALL to Unite


> Greece


Team Members:

Paris Besinis


This attempt is a literal new ground for people to circulate on and build their new social foundations, an ephemeral pavillion, an ambulant construction commenting on our daily cases of loneliness.

A metal installation is strictly located between a high circulation road and a public square. On the one hand, the cars, metal private machines for people to perfectly fit into their lonely ambiance, trying to reach their daily destinations as quickly as possible. On the other hand, the public space, a land for people to come together, stay still for a while, exchange social information, has nowadays been misinterpreted into a common passage, a way through ones routine. In between these two circumstances comes a new filter. A new place for people to actually meet one another. An “alien” machine inviting people in from both sides. Drivers are intrigued through this big, curious bilboard invading their miserable trip to work, asking about their hidden truth. “ARE YOU FEELING LONELY ?”. Passengers are triggered by this curtain, these multiple entrances into a possible routine -breaker.


Once inside, visitors are now participants to a triptych of social experiments. The “staircase effect” is an attempt to reinvent the purpose of a typical, passive condo staircase, that people only use to circulate in silence, and turn it into an active mechanism of social familiarization through design. The “actor’s syndrome” is a small public theatre whose unusual way of entering tries to break the wall of discomfiture that usually exists between an actor and his audience. The “bus station story” is a springboard to rethink the geometry and purpose of a common bus station, incorporating into the designing process the human interaction factor, and how can a momentary waiting spot become a chance for people to escape their loneliness.


eliminate loneliness through design