ad-bloc

A plastic building block that is durable, easy to install, easy to maintain, and linkable

2014

Boston Transportation Department

Boston, Massachusetts


Project Team: 

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.


Download an ad-bloc brochure here!

Combining two standardized components allows for many different possible parklet configurations.

Boston university parklet

ALLSTON PARKLET

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