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The Bench Transformator

The Bench Transformator

The Bench Transformator is the output of a 5-days university workshop held by 
Antal Lakner at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture.
Our team was focusing on disciplinary architecture of public spaces. Several urban objects discipline citizens, even if they not noticed that. A common wooden benches allow to sit or even lay down. Sitting people can choose the distance between themselves depends on who is sitting near by them.

The common wavy metal bench force individuals to keep a certain distance, and to sit only on the regular way. Due to the material of the bench (metal), cold or hot weather makes almost impossible, but at least uncomfortable to sit down. As an ephemeral project we build and installed a transformer for a more comfortable urban space.

The project was based on the theories of 
Michael Foucault (Discipline and Punish. 1975) and Edward T. Hall (Hidden Dimension. 1966).
Barbara Henk, Laura Baróthy, Dóra Máthé

Antal Lakner

Project date
October 2007

St. Gellért square, Budapest (HU)
The transformator has suddenly disappeared after eight days.
We belive that it still transforms someone's life a little bit more comfortable.

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The Bench Transformator


The Bench Transformator

An object to make the city more useable!