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SitChat / street furniture

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Based on our observation that face-to-face seating encourages spontaneous conversations, we have designed Whirlstools, a kinetic street furniture system intended to foster communication among strangers in public spaces. The system consists of a collection of cylindrical stools, each equipped with a rotation mechanism that controls the orientation of its slightly angled seat—and consequently also the direction in which people will choose to sit on it. Through dynamic, computationally-optimized rotations, Whirlstools heightens the likelihood of social interactions by gently steering people to sit face-to-face with one another.

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Harvard University

Harvard University
Cambridge, United States

Design

Harvard University

Harvard University
Cambridge, United States

Yuichiro Takeuchi, Jean You