Roots of rubber

Akron, USA

Akron, also known as the Rubber City due to its history in tire fabrication in North America. The goal of the project is to change the actual model of urbanism and way the inhabitants’ live in its downtown.

The interesting natural process of obtaining rubber is the source of inspiration for this urban intervention located at Downtown Akron. Through geometrical patterns, the work creatively tells the story of Akron, intimately linked to the use of these raw materials.

The three-dimensional volumes dialogue with the shapes of the floor and help create a maze through which the verses of Akronite writer Rita Dove slide.

Information and credits
  • 1.200 m2 intervention at the NIHF STEM School plaza, in Akron, Ohio. Made in May 2019.
  • Project made possible thanks to Downtown Akron Partnership, with the funds and support of the Knight Foundation, with the participation of the STEM School
  • Thanks to Kyle from the Knight Foundation for funding and supporting the project
  • Thanks to Adriana Akers from Gehl Architects, for connecting us with the ambitious project at downtown Akron
  • Thanks so much to Downtown Akron Partnership. Your professionalism and kindness go beyond great! Especially to the most lovely team of wonder women: Suzie, Kelli, Kimberly, grace, Sharon, Tonda, Laura and all the ambassadors from Downtown Akron Partnership for being our family and making us feel at home
  • Thanks a lot to We Are Puzzle and all the builders and engineers for their perfectionism with the towers
  • Thanks to the STEM School for their cooperation and willing to educate the brightest generation of Akronites. Thanks to all the kids involved in the making of this awesome landmark
  • Team Boa: Clara González, Paulo Araya, Maria José Ramírez
  • Support at the studio: Diego Vicente, Pablo García Mena, Clara González, Irene García
  • Photos by Boa Mistura, Tim Fitzwater and John Aylward
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