John Locke & Joaquin Reyes


The Inflato Dumpster is a radical new conception of what constitutes public space in New York City. This site-specific work creates an open, engaging street-level structure that acts as a mobile learning laboratory through creative programming events that reflects the diversity of its location. The project takes advantage of digital design and new lightweight fabrication techniques to create a framework for small group discussion and engagement.

The project includes 165 square feet of enclosed space with maximum dimensions at 17’ height by 12’-6” wide and 24’ long. The main element is an inflatable membrane containing 2000 cubic feet of volume, weighing less than 20 lbs. Made from a combination of lightweight inflatable materials and a modular city dumpster, the Inflato presents a subdued silver, semi-reflective surface from the outside, while the interior creates a gold, brightly gilded interior.

John Locke:

John Locke is an architect and educator living and working in New York City. He is currently an associate at The Living and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. His work with the Department of Urban Betterment investigates the role of design in shaping public experiences.

Joaquin Reyes:

Joaquin Reyes is a Chilean-born industrial engineer. Joaquin is passionate about improving the way city spaces are used and perceived.  He works as a data analytics consultant at Accenture, Director of Community Affairs at Music Unites, and co-project lead at the Department of Urban Betterment.