london design biennale: luis ramírez and michel aguilar’s ‘parawifi’ project has been chosen to represent cuba at this year’s inaugural design event in september held at somerset house, london.

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all images courtesy of luis ramirez / michel aguilar

 

 

 

cuba’s accessibility to internet is still a work in progress; the aim of the havana-based industrial designers: luis ramírez and michel aguilar’s project addresses the growing demands for WIFI among the locals. with ‘parawifi’, the modules use biodegradable plastic and offer intimate nooks for people to climb into and gain access to wireless connection. the development of the stacked and modular design also encourages socialization between people and due to its adaptable design, they can be organized into different configurations.

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internet and wifi is still sparse in cuba

 

 

 

due to its quick and easy assembly and disassembly, the program can be built up in different locations within the city. each module is installed with photoelectric cells -powered by solar panels on the roof- to produce lighting and ventilation. in addition, the energy created allows people to recharge phones and other electronic devices. due to be exhibited at the london design biennale, parawifi will demonstrate its forward-thinking concept and hopes to become havana’s equivalent to the classic british phone box. 

 

 

 

 

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combinations in a space of 14m x 14m, can comfortably hold up to 200 users

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each module would be installed with photoelectric solar panel cells

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the modules use biodegradable plastic 

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the space in the middle can be used for social interaction

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the project is designed to enhance and expand cuban’s access to internet

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  • So. A cage? that is how it looks and I am sure how it feels this claustrophobic cube shape plastic cage. Such a shame that Cuba is represented by a commercial industrial design piece that has little or nothing to do with the Biennale theme of utopia. Or did the curatos selected this project just because it poses an idea of Cuba that fits the global perception of an isolated country, reinforcing the idea of close instead of open? weird.

    Cuban Designer says:
  • I was lucky enough to have the privilege to see a Cuban design in the first London Biennale… Parawifi’ is the perfect space to relax, unwind , connect to the Internet or for reading. Its dimensions are suitable for any person and the comfort of the seats covered in synthetic turf is excellent… I personally enjoyed my visit to the Cuban stand in the London Biennale, always full of people of all ages testing modules and taking photos. The project was selected among the 10 best! exponents according to the press and the president of the jury, Paola Antonelli. Many of the projects I could see there were related in some way to the industrial design and the vast majority could be achievable at some point in the near future, all in favour of solidarity between human and environmental protection. I’m a Cuban living London , I love my country and my people; I feel really prod that such a good idea came from Cuba.

    Cuban in London says:

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