A mobile workstation promises a new way to use the open spaces on New York's Governors Island

Governors Island, a 172-acre expanse just seven minutes off the coasts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, is an interesting landmark. After decades of serving as a military outpost, the area became a public park in the early 2000s. The Mobile Information Unit (MIU), commissioned from architecture firm StudioKCA by the Friends of Governors Island, is set to revolutionize the island once again by upgrading it with connected facilities.

MIU is a tent on wheels that features a solar panel roof, Wi-Fi and folding seats. When parked, MIU provides a perfect outdoor workstation. Aside from powering the on-board router, the 500 watts it harvests from sunshine can also be used to recharge devices. Other amenities include a stereo, a first-aid kit and storage space for water. At night, it can power LED lights.

When the MIU is not deployed, it’s a three-foot cube pulled around by tricycle. It’s a simple idea for the modern park-goer. In the future, when visitors to Governors Island get off the ferry, they can rent the MIU and set up shop anywhere in the park’s open spaces.

Jason Klimoski, a principal at StudioKCA, told PSFK that the firm sees its creation filling an essential role in the park. “Our goal for MIU as we work towards the production model (soon) is that it acts almost like a mobile piece of infrastructure, available if you need, when you need it, where you need it,” Klimoski said. “We also think MIU will work at different venues where power, information, (even water and light) may need to be deployed for a specific time or place, and then move with a crowd or an event- like at concerts, festivals, or rallies.”

But it will take at least a year and a half for the MIU to land on Governors Island’s shores, StudioKCA told Co.Design. Multi-purpose, compact and fit to roam the island’s sprawling park areas, the MIU will be an attractive new feature for the storied national park.

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Lead Image: Chuck Choi for StudioKCA

Governors Island, a 172-acre expanse just seven minutes off the coasts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, is an interesting landmark. After decades of serving as a military outpost, the area became a public park in the early 2000s. The Mobile Information Unit (MIU), commissioned from architecture firm StudioKCA by the Friends of Governors Island, is set to revolutionize the island once again by upgrading it with connected facilities.

MIU is a tent on wheels that features a solar panel roof, Wi-Fi and folding seats. When parked, MIU provides a perfect outdoor workstation. Aside from powering the on-board router, the 500 watts it harvests from sunshine can also be used to recharge devices. Other amenities include a stereo, a first-aid kit and storage space for water. At night, it can power LED lights.