SAFE: Design Takes On Risk

Ana Mir and Emili Padrós of emiliana design studio
Hot Box
Prototype. 2003

Ana Mir and Emili Padrós of emiliana design studio. Hot Box. Prototype. 2003

Polyethylene, 7 x 23 5/8 x 15 3/4" (18 x 60 x 40 cm). Lent by emiliana design studio. Photo by Xavier Padrós

DIRECTOR, GLENN LOWRY: Hot Box is a project of two Spanish designers, Ana Mir and Emili Padrós. It was created for an exhibition called “Urban Therapies,” curated by Ms. Mir. The exhibition was designed to raise questions about the way we organize our shared environment. Ana Mir explains:

DESIGNER, ANA MIR: Urban Therapies was an exhibition that took place in Barcelona, 2003. And all the projects presented in the exhibit were aimed to push social and cultural boundaries and to generate a debate between designers, users and institutions. This was around the use of a public urban space.

Hotbox is a translucent volume that emerge from the ground, as a platform for people that spend long hours working in the street. For instance, that would be the case of sexual workers.

GLENN LOWRY: Other users might include street peddlers, security guards, even police officers. This is a prototype, not a working unit, and it’s unlikely that any city will build a network of these public amenities. But the designers take seriously the role of design in focusing new thinking on age-old problems, such as the equitable use of public resources.

ANA MIR: Everybody has to be involved in trying to find a solution that is satisfactory for everybody, because we have to live in a society and we have to share the public space and the public space should be something that is friendly for everyone, for everyone.

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