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Balloons for Salamanca

IE / Illinois Institute of Technology · Architecture Summer School · Atlas on Density

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation on the way to site

Interactive Installations

We setup 5 interactive street installations over 5 days with the aim of engaging the public in the issue of density in Salamanca, Madrid. We created journeys and moments of density using the approachable and flexible medium of balloons, iterating our designs each day based on our various successes and failures.

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation concept sketch book

CONCEPT

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation plan diagram

Plan

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation building

Build

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation setup in Madrid street
Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation compress and decompress in use

Compress / Decompress

People were able to physically experience (Compressed) or avoid (Decompressed) density in choosing their path on the street.

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation balloon poll in Madrid street

Balloon Poll

A poll using balloons to gauge people’s different priorities for various community issues in the Salamanca district.

 

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation balloon journey in Madrid street

Balloon Journey

Encouraging community participation, the public pickup and move a balloon from one end of the line to the other, slowly snaking the area.

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation hopscotch in Madrid street

Balloon Hopscotch

Previous installations were easily ignored. However the whole pavement covered with balloons for hopscotch, could not be.

Theo Jones architecture Balloons for Salamanca installation jury compression

Jury Compression

The tutors and students become part of the project, experiencing compression as they enter the studio, balloons pop and disrupt their journey.

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LOCATION Salamanca, Madrid, Spain

TEAM Theo Jones, Alicia Martin, Mehmet Kalyoncu, Malcolm Joseph & Joana Almaraz Ormaetxe

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Theo Jones

TUTOR Belinda Tato

2011

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