Low Impact Standing Cinema Pops Up in the Streets of Guimarães, Portugal

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Northern Portugal's historical city Guimarães has taken its designation as 2012 European Capital of Culture seriously, hosting interesting design and architecture happenings.

We've recently seen some of the urban interventions commissioned through a Performance Architecture contest, and a new one has come up a few days ago.

Coined 'Centipede Cinema', this structure was conceived by Professor Colin Fournier in collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska, and designed with a team of graduates from the Bartlett School of Architecture who now work in the design firm Neon.

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It is a temporary construction made of steel and two different types of cork, a material the Portuguese Cork Association has been pushing with PR in order to keep a sustainable practice from turning into the unsustainable practice of having to clear oak woods if they become economically unviable. By teaming with designers and architects, the industry is trying to diversify, and this and other structures show how awesome teaming architecture and cork can be.

Authors were inspired by the Guimarães CineClube, founded in 1953 during the authoritarian Portuguese regime Estado Novo and devoted to distributing international films that conflicted with the reigning right-wing ideology, states a press release published at Dezeen.

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Entering the cinema via one of the protruding nozzles, the audience can see an hour-long program of 3-minute trailers (h/t Plataforma Arquitectura).

Tags: Portugal | Urban Life