It's all there in the name: Rublic. Public as in public, R as in renewable. Rublic is a project which aims at an architectural use of renewable energy sources – like the sun and the wind – in street furniture. The idea behind the project is that of creating free, sustainable, renewable power for public use. In the future, Rublic – which won the Lazio Region's Fondo per la Creatività under 35 – will allow you to go to your local town square and find a solar-powered bench which will recharge your tablets, laptops and smartphones and provide you with WiFi. But that's not all: the Rublic project's benches will also be equipped with screens you can use. Rublic's prototype is called Hub, and has been designed to be a charging station, power generator and “personal contact island”.
Rublic is aimed at universities and libraries as well as at pubs and clubs. Rublic's designers' first goal is that of creating an integrated design – something which is visible without being an eyesore. But Rublic also handles designing from scratch integrated pieces of street furniture which produce energy just like the ones at home.
It was three architecture students, who are now freelancers and the designers of Rublic, who came up with the idea: Paolo Venturella, Cosimo Scotucci and Roberto D'Alessandria. A belief in the concept of architecture as public space and a specialisation in renewable energy led to the creation of the Rublic project, which now has 24 months to produce prototypes, promote its product and enter the market. “There are similar projects in Italy,” says Venturella, “but only Rublic has this unique combination. We have seen several prototypes abroad, but their application was developed differently to ours”.
The stoy of Rublic has been written by Stefano Ciavatta, writer