inflato dumpster gives NYC a blow-up mobile learning lab inflato dumpster gives NYC a blow-up mobile learning lab
oct 18, 2013

inflato dumpster gives NYC a blow-up mobile learning lab

inflato dumpster is a blow-up mobile learning laboratory in NYC
all images courtesy of john locke




inflato dumpster is a blow-up structure fitted inside a giant refuse can that acts as a mobile learning laboratory around urban neighborhoods in new york city. the project is conceived by new york based architect john locke through his department of urban betterment who sees the street-level unit popping-up around the metropolis, making for a dynamic and informational addition to the cityscape. visitors to the portable unit are invited to enter the transformed trash receptacle, whose interior will be fitted with a table for discussion and conversation. as public spaces become increasingly privatized, the temporary classroom seeks to counter that by holding workshops and events fully accessible to city dwellers, whose programs are designed to create a community exchange about the possibilities for smaller, creative installations in urban environments. 



inflato dumpster by department of urban betterment
video courtesy of kickstarter



the inflato dumpster will be built from a mix of readily available lightweight materials and combined into an inhabitable structure. part of the dome will be made of clear polyethylene — an inexpensive, common and biodegradable plastic that will allow outside views into the space. material covering the street side will be primarily comprised of gold and silver mylar — with small clear holes that allow light to filter in — while the sidewalk side will be built from faceted white tyvek building wrap, providing a surface for projections of film and data. the final, and perhaps most significant material which forms the solid base of the structure is a 23’ long by 8’ wide dumpster. the concept for the large scale intervention is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, here.



site axonometric view



elevation view



longitudanal section



overhead view



night view


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