Seeking Shelter / Corinne Okada Takara

Commissioned by ZERO1 with the support of Target

The Seeking Shelter Design Challenge invites youth to creatively re-imagine the bus shelter. How can bus shelters encourage community interaction and serve broader community needs? Using cardboard and freeware tools, students assemble structures in physical and virtual spaces. Through the Slot Shelters website, teachers engage their students in creating a global dialog around community identity and bus shelter needs. The project culminates in two contests: an October contest for the conceptual cardboard model designs and a December contest for the refined designs created in Google SketchUp. The Seeking Shelter Design Challenge will also result in an online library of printable student-designed cards. The printable cards will allow visitors to to select modular slot cards from the collection and build mini structures of their own.

To launch the challenge, an installation of a conceptual bus shelter accompanied by a hand-on workshop will be showcased at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial street exhibition, opening on September 14. It will bring people together in playful experimentation as they add components to the full scale model and assemble their own small models to photograph and add to the project site. Locally, the Seeking Shelter project attempts to anchor Silicon Valley with a sense of place through the re-envisioning of a community resting and gathering hub.

In-kind donations and sponsorships by
Pacific Paper Tube, Inc
Krause Center for Innovation
Monkey Wrench Design

The project will be presented as part of the
2012 ZERO1 Biennial opening weekend from
September 14-16, 2012.
Free and open to the public

Corinne Okada Takara

lives and works in Cupertino, CA

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Corinne Takara is an exhibiting artist and arts educator based in Cupertino, California. Takara's work examines patterns in the seemingly mundane artifacts of daily life and how these merge to reflect shifting visual vocabularies of rapidly changing communities. In her sculptural work, she blends precious fabrics, rice bags and simple discards such as food wrappers to bring to light the cascade of cultures people experienced through the sharing of food, clothing, and myths. Her large sculptures grace numerous hospitals such as Boston Children’s Hospital, John Muir Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente in California. Since 2008, Takara has focused on designing collaborative art projects that bring people together in virtual and public spaces. She has been recognized for her technology integrated youth projects with the 2010 KCI Rambus Innovation Award, Donor Circle for the Arts Grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (2011 and 2012), and with a 2011 Target Arts Grant for Remix & Reflect. Nationally, Takara was honored as one of 102 innovative K-12 educators for the You Are Here Street Banner Project in the 2011 Microsoft National Innovative Education Forum. Takara has explored digital pattern design and textile databases as an artist-in-residence at de Young Museum, Rhythms in Space (2008-2009), in the collaborative art experiments fusionwearsv, and in TECHstyleSoftWEAR: Surface and Shape (2010) and in the above mentioned You Are Here Street Banner Project. She had instructed art at schools and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has instructed visual thinking classes at Stanford University. In March of 2011, Takara was an invited speaker at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in the Architecture Department and assisted in the workshops series Urban Tools.