Urban Grass is a proposal for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture “Gimme Shelter” national ideas competition. The competition requested proposals for a downtown area shade infrastructure that responds to the natural behaviors of desert dwellers. Gould Evans’ Urban Grass concept proposes that vertical elements provide the most enduring shade throughout the daily path of the sun. Flexible in their material, they attract play. Activated by wind, touch and movement, the grasses enrich their environment and positively distract the waiting bus rider.
We are continuing to develop our proposal, conducting materials research, investigating strategies for converting the energy of motion from vibration to illumination and building prototypes of the shade structure with the goal of installing them in several downtown Phoenix locations. Urban Grasses are a connective infrastructure supportive of the pedestrian oriented goals of the connected oasis, light rail transit, ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus and other sustainable downtown development initiatives.
City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture