Testbeds recycles mock-ups once treated as construction waste into investments in public space

Architectural mock-ups are curious creatures. Peeking over construction fences, the isolated chunks of facade often appear like sculptures. However, unlike a Rachel Whiteread cast, once the assemblies have been tested for durability or visual cohesion they are typically thrown away rather than sold at the Gagosian. Designers of the project TestbedsNew Affiliates cofounders Jaffer Kolb and Ivi Diamantopoulou and architect and PhD candidate at Columbia GSAPP Sam Stewart-Halevy—were inspired to test alternative afterlives of the mock-ups through reuse instead of waste.

Testbeds proposes the reuse of architectural facade mock-ups from many of New York’s construction sites as support structures for community gardens. The city

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