Basic Forms (of urban life)

RaivioBumann

Plaza Biblioteca Rafael Azcona – Concéntrico 10

An interactive installation that challenges the conventional norms of urban design, focusing on disruption and embracing disorder within cities and public places.

The installation consists of plywood furniture varying in color and shape. These furniture serve as interactive elements that disperse and transform as individuals engage with them, moving and rearranging the pieces to connect shapes and adding new functions and meanings. The forms intuitively invite people to connect the shapes, react with creativity and playfulness, while spontaneous actions and use of the furniture also create new unplanned shapes and arrangements.

In contrast to the structured nature of the built environment, the installation takes on a life of its own when activated by people. It dynamically adapts, forming new shapes, meanings, and eliciting diverse reactions from those interacting with it.

RaivioBumann

Päivi Raivio and Daniel Bumann are Helsinki-based designers who have dedicated their career to creating better public spaces through urban interventions, placemaking and public art. RaivioBumann, their multidisciplinary design agency is known for the experimental approach and stands at the forefront of placemaking in Finland and operates internationally.

Päivi has studied and worked in both London and Helsinki, while Daniel brings his background in set design from Bern and Vienna, creating a blend of design disciplines. RaivioBumann combines diverse design methods ranging from social design to tactical urbanism for positive disruption and play, urban prototyping and creating new visions through shared urban spaces.

Their work is often interactive with a focus on how people connect to each other, the space, and the surrounding city and its phenomena. For them public space is a vast source of inspiration as well as a framework and a tool for changing the cities of the future.

Through their work RaivioBumann wants to investigate how temporary installations and interventions can have a permanent and positive effect in urban development. Many of their projects have worked as a catalyst and sparked a more long term development process. 2024 marks the 10th year of turning places around together – and working towards more layered, diverse cities.

The duo is also the creator of the award-winning urban furniture company Parkly. The  modular urban furniture system transforms spaces into vibrant places while pioneering circular design.

In 2022 Päivi won the Helsinki Design Award for her extensive work in community-driven and place-led urban design.

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