Rarely aesthetically pleasing, the current configurations of scaffolding have proven functional, cost effective and ubiquitous. Garden Wall attempts to re-appropriate the existing system, designed for the flexibility of multiple configurations (solid, porous, green), integrating artificial and natural lighting and air-filtrating plant life into the existing infrastructure.
Rather than replace the vast quantity of scaffolding currently used in the 6,000 sidewalk sheds throughout New York City, the Garden Wall acts as an auxiliary system that develops a manageable module which reinforces the structure and controls the visual impact. Similar to temporary traffic dividers, the modular blocks are developed using a “rotomolding” technique designed to efficiently produce moulds in a range of colours (branding nearby businesses). Each unit is lightweight for transport, yet can be filled with water to add weight and stability. Integrated LED film lighting illuminates the units at night providing necessary interior lighting.