In a temporary redesign of the Museo Jumex Plaza, Haeg & Norman draw on the variety of formal and vernacular spaces present in the metropolis including seating, awnings, play structures and planting, to create a sculptural survey of park spaces in Mexico City. A collaboration between two artists working with art, architecture and education, the project employs ideas derived from the 1977 book A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, a manual that binds together approaches spatial design on the macroscopic scale of town planning to the intimate spaces of the everyday. Haeg & Norman's design disrupts the plaza, breaking up its surface to pose questions that are socially interactive. Their proposal is a sculpture, albeit one where the public can employ and rearrange the elements according to different communities’ needs, thereby revealing contingent patterns of use.
(Photo courtesy of Museo Jumex.)