Call me Trim Tab. Buckminster Fuller
Trimtab is the umbrella term for the urban intervention experiment series by ATOLYE Labs. Inspired by Fuller's emphasis on trim tab as maximum output with minimum effort, the intention is to explore the impact of minimalist, optimized, ecological material sets that can be recombined in manifold configurations for measured impact across public spaces.
Trimtab.1 is the first exploration, where the generic nature of a robust, translucent, wheeled structural framework is complemented with the site-specificity of drawn-out, suggestive scenarios. As an urban API, this superstructure serves as an input-output system with few control nodes, such as the location of the mesh structures, coupled with their tethered plug-ins for seating, leaning, and planting.
Through isolation and interaction, this vertical system suggests peace at two different levels. On a personal basis, the vertical panels have the capacity to form an isolated oasis in a rather hectic context, thus enabling a peace of mind, even on a fleeting basis. On a communal basis, the shifting field condition, with its sheer strangeness, the multi-level seatings, the shifting shadows, and potentially post-execution exhibit panels enable serendipitous conversations across strangers. And such conversations have the potential to weave a currently disenfranchised society back together, building mutual empathy, one-at-a-time.
Yet, it is not nearly enough to hypothesize about such effects. Without cybernetics, Fuller's trimtab would be far from complete. Therefore, an important part of the project is the post-installation performance tracking, which is done via, bespoke camera outfit which would track the otherwise fleeting moments of isolation and interaction.
Scope: Concept Development, Architectural Design, System Design
Project Manager: Elif Karaköse
Project Team (Contributors from Labs network): Engin Ayaz, Nesile Yalçın, Seçkin Maden (renders), Özgür Önurme (video), Ece Çiftçi (photos), Murathan Sırakaya (video editing)
Status: 2016 - current