A canopy for Harvard University's Science Center Plaza
NYC Department of Mental Health and Hydiene
Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore, Katherine Isidro, Eka Pramuditha
Originally designed in 2014 for a pilot parklet project in Boston, ad-bloc is 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.
In 2016, ad-bloc arrived in New York City. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) commissioned their own ad-bloc set which was deployed at summer health and wellness events in The Bronx and Manhattan.