Fruit City is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London. The project is all about taking advantage of a shared community resource, fruit! There is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London created by the FruitCity team. Who knew you could pick your own mulberries, figs, apples, pears and more! Fruit City is not just a map of trees but an initiative to wake people up to the nature on their doorstep. To re-engage folks with the wild and goodness around them and to get local community orchards planted.
Urban Mirror is a project about artand public space, a window into Kenya’s urban art scene: audio, visual, performance, literature ….Urban Mirror is a community based organization started by the hip hop music group Ukoo Flani and the multimedia NGO Cultural Video Foundation. The main purpose of the Organisation is to use art to promote community development.
La ville rangée. French artist Armelle Caron takes maps of cities and reorganizes the individual blocks into ordered rows. The process transforms a chaotic city into a unrecognizable, but systematic assemblage of shapes. ‘Caron deconstructs cities, identifies fragments, classifies blocks by size and shape. All meaning, memory, void and heritage is kept away by decontextualization. The urban assemblage of the “villes rangées” relies on analysis, order, rhythm, dimension, typology, strata.
Sense the place. The project was developed by two italians designers, Luca Buttafava e Alessandro Confalonieri, with the partecipation of the Naba students and had the aim of studying the physiognomy of a big city.
In Milan there are at least 800 different colors. The students took pictures of them and then they made a catalogue. In the end they attached together all the polaroids and made a huge map of Milan. In the map you can recognize the green of the garbages and of the newsstands, the red of the spanish wall, the typical yellow from Lombardia in the traffic lights and the brown in the manholes.
The project can be defined a “experiential” cognitive mapping process that strategically recalls to use our 5 fundamental perceptional senses as “sensors”, sophisticated de-coding tools that, through images and colors, signs and sensations, allow us to re-read and interpret the places we live in delivering us an extraordinary picture of the world that surrounds us and, probably, of ourselves.
The same “format” was repeated also in Dublin recently. Where next?
In the city center series ‘Map’ is set up at the exact spot where Google Maps assumes to be the city center of the city. Transferred to physical space the map marker questions the relation of the digital information space to every day life public city space. The perception of the city is increasingly influenced by geolocation services.