Urban DOME Shade Structure


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w/purpose welcomed a partnership with local urban advocates, People for Urban Progress for this year’s Parking Day. Sponsored by Architecture for Humanity Indianapolis, this event, included a meaningful way to activate a downtown street, transform a neighborhood park, and promote responsible material re-purposing. We were particularly interested in participating this year because of AFH’s effort to pair the event with a community improvement project in Reagan Park, which is located in Martindale Brightwood near downtown Indianapolis

The People for Urban Progress will gift the shade structure made from the former roof material of the RCA Dome to the Reagan Park community.  We anticipate that this will be the first of several shade structures and pavilions that will begin to populate several of our city’s parks, ensuring that the public can continue to benefit from this incredible resource. In order to design and implement these structures, collaborating with local designer and urban place-maker Wil D. Marquez of w/purpose seemed timely.  We are thrilled that through AFH and Parking Day, the RCA Dome will have new life and bring new life to the Reagan Park community.

The design of the shades structures considered a visual and performance based urban product. The shade structure was designed with movement in mind. Swiveling and adjusting at several points enable it to adjust easily for seasonal solar angle changes and variation in form. It is the first in a series of RCA Dome structures that will be deployed to local parks as visual way-finders, lighting devices, and unique urban infrastructure.


Michael Bricker (PUP) & Wil Marquez (w/purpose)

w/purpose design concept diagram