CUBA | London Design Biennale 2016


Cuba celebrated a political revolution in 1959; now it is on the cusp of a digital revolution, which is given structure in the modular system, PARAWIFI. There are approximately 135 wi-fi spots in Cuba, most in Havana. As smartphone users surf the web, using prepaid access cards, and engage with the utopian realm that is the virtual cloud, they have to stand or sit on the kerb and other makeshift street furniture. The designers Luis Ramirez and Michel Aguilar wanted to change all that with a series of pods, reminiscent of Verner Panton's Living Towers, that could be clustered to form digital oases that radically rethink urban space.

  • Administering Body: Foundation Caguayo
  • Design TeamLuis Ramirez, Michel Aguilar
  • Curators: Luis Ramirez, Michel Aguilar
  • Supporting Body: Design and Printing TOKAO

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