Krisjanis Rijnieks, Dorota Orlof, Ranjit Menon, Leda Vaneva

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    KONCH was designed and built during the COVID-19 pandemic in Espoo, Finland. At the time, public spaces were mostly closed; the premises of schools and universities could be used only under special circumstances or not at all. However, studies had to continue; for the most part, there were few alternatives to online teaching. Poorly ventilated and limited capacity classrooms were sometimes available, but a better resource for activities at that time was the outdoors, where fresh air is available by default, and there is space that can be used in a way that respects local social distancing requirements. KONCH was built as a series of public space elements that could also be used for comfortable sitting and as communication devices. Each KONCH has a built-in half-duplex radio transceiver that simultaneously transmits to all connected elements nearby. In that way, a group of people can have a socially distanced and laid-back meeting without the need to raise their voices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFURNISH
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Methodologies to Intervene in Public Space
    EditorsInes Aquilue Junyent
    Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
    PublisherCARNET Barcelona
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)978-84-19184-76-4
    ISBN (Print)978-84-19184-75-7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023
    MoE publication typeE1 Popularised article, newspaper article


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