A plastic building block that is durable, easy to install, easy to maintain, and linkable
Boston Transportation Department
Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore, Rebecca Beyer Winik, Margaret Zyro, Kathryn Sonnabend
The Boston Transportation Department hired Interboro to help pilot a parklet program by designing two of Boston’s first parklets.
To meet the city’s requirements that the parklet be lightweight, inexpensive, and flexible, we designed the ad-bloc — a plastic building block that is durable, easy to install, easy to maintain, and linkable. ad-blocs are made of durable plastic and can be filled with water to make them heavy and stable. ad-blocs can be arranged in a variety of configurations: they can be placed side by side, perpendicularly, or be stacked, to create a wide range of seating areas. A stool, which doubles as a planter, works as an interlocking peg to hold the blocs together. Cylindrical voids in the blocks can be used to place standard-sized planters.
Combining two standardized components allows for many different possible parklet configurations.
Boston university parklet