Fabio Lopez and Briony Thomas

Insitu and University of Leeds
Guadalajara, Mexico and Leeds, UK

Insitu was founded in 2011 to implement projects that investigate the informal development of cities, its non-consolidated urban spaces and auto-construction processes. The initiative's central objective is to explore how the ecological and the social environments of the city can be merged to create new and unforeseen landscapes. Insitu brings together communities, artists, architects, urban planners, designers and creatives in the implementation of projects, workshops, installations, lectures and events.

Prototype 1.0 Avioncito
Prototype 1.0 Avioncito
12 x 17 x 7 cm
Concrete, enamel paint

Prototype 1.0 was the first experimental piece to be cast in concrete as part of the FabLab La Campana design installation (Monterrey, Mexico). Co-created with the Campana-Altamira community and students from Tecnológico de Monterrey, this was one of a number of designs that responded to particular challenges within the urban and social context of the neighbourhood, focusing on a specific public space. Designed to be a multi-use planter and hanger for the street market, ‘Avioncito’ (Little Plane Planter), used a 3D printed mold for casting. Avioncito's form and pattern were inspired by pull-up polyhedra that were used as abstract stimuli during concept generation. For further details see the design team's Bridges 2019 workshop paper.