Swing Time

July 8, 2018

Interactive illuminated playscape

Swing Time is an illuminated playscape consisting of twenty interactive swings. Designed to provide an ad hoc city park by activating unused urban spaces, Swing Time offers three different sizes of light-emitting, ring-shaped swings made from welded polypropylene. Internal microcontrollers adjust the lighting in each swing based on the intensity of its movement, which is measured by an accelerometer. Stationary swings glow with a soft white radiance, while moving swings emit a bright purple light. In this way, Swing Time’s interactive elements welcome communities to engage with the playscape and with each other, transforming underutilized sites into laboratories for the stimulation of social activity.

Contact: Höweler and Yoon Architecture, LLP, Boston, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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