People's Canopy

People’s Canopies are large scale mobile structures that enable cities to bring public resources to locations lacking cultural facilities. People’s Canopies have been deployed internationally by cities and institutions as long term cultural infrastructure that are reused and relocated to different locations in the city.

The People’s Canopy is architecture for events and architecture as event. They are retractable canopies that can be cycled by citizens, paraded through the city and expanded over the length of entire streets, linking disconnected public spaces. The canopies have been used for educational workshops, musical performances, food festivals, and satellite locations for schools and museums.

The People’s Canopy is a two-story high expandable roof structure on bicycle wheels that can seat up to 10 cyclists. It is designed to collapse to the size of a double-decker bus so that it can be pedaled from one location to another. When parked, a canopy can open like an accordion to 12 meters in length at a span of 10 meters to cover entire streets. Spaces for automobiles are turned into spaces for pedestrians and events.