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A DOME OF UMBRELLAS

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The DUS Architects are continuing their urban guerilla acts in the Netherlands with success: after last summer’s Gecekondu house built of “china bags” they have launched another structure using common yet unusual building materials: the Bucky Bar – a temporary dome made of umbrellas.

The Bucky Bar, launched last Friday, is the first in a series of five “unsolicited positive proposals“ for the future of the city of Rotterdam, which the DUS have started in collaboration with the Studio of Unsolicited Architecture, a new initiative of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.http://reteks.ru

The temporary umbrella bar was built around a lamppost on the Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam, and succeeded to create a spontaneous street party even despite the winter. According to DUS, approximately 300 visitors came there to dance under the umbrella roof – until at 2:00 am the police ended the party, as there was no permit.

The Bucky Bar is dedicated to the great American inventor, Buckminster Fuller, who demonstrated how minimal energy geodesic domes could open a way to a more environmentally sustainable future. The DUS suggests that an umbrella dome might lead the way to a more socially sustainable future. “The Bucky Bar is a full-scale model of such a future. It shows the power of space for spontaneous gathering, for improvised shelters to host conversations, debates, games or even parties.”

See the other four urban proposals on the video: