Garden Bridges by Christine Guèrard and Almuth Bennet. Parkdesign2012. The project aims to bridge the stairs with its immediate surrounding, confronting and activating also these spaces. As a set of instruments for access, stay and observation, a number of scaffolding structures extend the functionality of the staircase. The scaffolding interventions (re)bridge the staircases on both sides of the canal. The dimensions of the interventions vary and adapt to the situation: the largest structure leads into the ruderal field behind the stairs next to Metro station Delacroix, creating the possibility of a lofty walk on a thin scaffolding platform. A ladder-like structure leading to the staircase‘s raised planting bed at Quai Fernan.
Desmets is possibly more a suggestion of access, than an opportunity to be taken by every visitor. A scaffolding balcony at the Southeastern stairs marks the garden interventions in a long vista from Rue Ropsy Chaudron, sharpening the view for the cohesive context of the sites around the bridge.
Citations, floating public space. During the first two-thirds of the 20th century the banks of the Aveyron were popular with the locals who went there regularly on Sundays for country gatherings. Today these banks are abandoned, apart from several fishermen or children who go to paddle there in the summer. Three particular areas on the banks of the Aveyron with special features and unique qualities have been chosen to be reclassified, appointed and designed: the banks of the Nègrepelisse, Cazals and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. The idea, exhibited at La Cuisine, is to bring back memories of these places and the people who roamed them, with their history, and to take into account the current uses of these areas, to suggest ‘Citations-Objets’ (References-Objects) which give rise to new narratives. Today on the banks of the Aveyron, referents or benchmarks cause forms and functions to‘re-emerge’ with each context, within the extended urbanisation of the space, questioning public areas and shared environments.
‘Citations-Objets,’ the diving-board, boat and hanging laundry, generate memories and traces of past moments by proposing and giving rise to a new history and new forms experienced. They take place on the surface of the water, a truly fluid and continuous public area, to form floating areas.
City is a Playground by Florian Rivière subverts our daily routines by turning familiar urban infrastructures and markings into new sites for fun and play. Rivière’s interpretations draw on his childhood games, subconscious suggestions, and days spent dreaming and re-imagining different ways to engage with the city. In his world, our daily encounters with everyday street furniture and objects are turned on their head. Dustbins become basketball hoops, bike lanes transform into running tracks and manholes become bullseye targets. Using materials from the street, temporary graffiti methods, duct tape and found objects, Rivière’s city markings turn the city into an urban, physical game board.
Scattered across the city, you will stumble across Rivière’s pieces. They have specifically been left off the map so that you can discover, play and explore
CAPITAL CITY_A urban project that asks citizens to post price tags - from “million-dollar tags” to “free tags” around NYC on buildings, street furniture, tiles, facades, trees, bike racks, benches and other urban spaces in an effort to unveil the hidden value of what surrounds us by examining each fragment of the city.
Tags will be available for pick up at Storefront during regular operating hours.
2005. “Für den Alten Garten” by Veit Stratmanns
This work consists of five wheeled office chairs joined back to back in a circle. The sculpture allows people to sit and move together around the building on the basis that they act collaboratively.
Green square. The “Urban Interventions” civic association, in collaboration with the Vallo Sadovský Architects studio, have prepared an instant urban intervention under the bridge. The situation in regard to quality of the environment at the bus terminal under the New Bridge in Bratislava has been bad for a long time. People have to wait for their bus connections in a totally unsuitable area, and we consider it a disgrace that the city of Bratislava leaves its citizens and tax-payers to function in such an inadequate environment. The characteristics of this place directly affect the mood and behaviour of its users, and several disturbances and conflicts have happened here in the past. It is difficult to understand how such an area, only a few metres from a historic square, has remained unnoticed by city officials and for a long time practically unchanged. Although Green Square is an instant “intervention”, the cheapest fix, it is also by its “loudness” both a provocation and a call for a more serious approach to this problematic site. It is not only the cheapest method but also simultaneously the most visible attempt to change the atmosphere under the bridge, and to highlight the dysfunctional environment that everyone accepts out of habit.
They painted an area of about 1,000 m2 with green road paint. The painting was done with standard material that is used for road surface markings, and road safety glass beads were also applied to the surface to provide reflectivity and prevent slipping. The second part of the design concept, this time graphic, was created by graphic designer Ondrej Gavalda using adhesive tape that was painted over and then peeled off.
PULSO by Al Borde Arquitectos. Estaciones de Transporte Urbano – ECOVÍA, Quito - Ecuador, 2011
londoner Steve Wheen brings greenery and miniature scenes to the streets of east london in his ‘the pot hole gardener' project.
the idea, which was conceptualized based on guerrilla gardening, is simple: ‘my neighbourhood has a distinct lack of green space,' wheen reflects; '[and] I’m a gardener with no garden.' wheen fills potholes in roads and sidewalks with soil and living plants, decorating the spaces with miniature props to create tiny worlds. The work thus eliminates the danger of potholes as it adds an enchanting bit of art and greenery into the days of passersby, simultaneously drawing attention to the problem.
An apartment under the bridge. Berlin-based urban intervention collective Stiftung Freizeit has designed an illusionary ‘Wohnzimmer’ under a bridge in Berlin. Made with tape, this minimal but cosy ‘apartment’ combines the raw esthetics of grey concrete with the warm and intimate feeling of the typical German Wohnzimmer interior. Combining these two ingredients of what could be called Berlin style, the artists Inés Aubert and Rubén Jódar aim to make life a little more comfortable for those who spend their time on the streets.
The Mp3 Experiment is participatory public event created by Improv Everywhere. They stage a new Mp3 Experiment in New York each year and also tour the project regularly to college campuses and international festivals.
Here’s how it works: they put an original mp3 file online (usually around 45 minutes long) that people download and transfer to their mobile devices. Participants then synchronize their watches to an atomic clock on our website, head out to the same public location, and blend in with others. At the predetermined time, everyone presses play. Hilarity ensues as participants carry out ridiculous, coordinated instructions delivered to their headphones via narrator “Steve” and everyone else tries to figure out what the hell is going on.
Hey you? What song are you listening to?asking random New Yorkers with headphones on what song they are listening to.
1 The Bee Gees: More Than A Woman/2 Fenix TX: Abba Zabba /3 Eminem: Not Afraid/4 Keni Burke: Keep Rising to the Top/5 Beyonce: Smash Into You/6 LCD Soundsystem: Dance Yrself Clean/7 The Black Keys: Too Afraid To Love You/8 Kanye West: Blame Game/9 Kinky: Mas/10 Lil Wayne: Lollipop/11 Oasis: What’s the Story Morning Glory/12 Frank Sinatra: The Best Is Yet To Come/13 Korn: Counting on Me1/14 Britney Spears: How I Roll/15 Panic! At the Disco: From A Mountain In The Middle Of The Cabins/16 Kid Cudi: Day ‘n’ Night/17 Bob Marley: Buffalo Solider/18 Wiz Khalifa: Black & Yellow/19 Big Punisher: Still Not A Player/20 NPR2/21 Tub Ring: No One Wants To Play/22 Lady Gaga: Just Dance
On 24th June, a building appeared in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12. Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigation Canal, Folly for a Flyover is hosting a six week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play.
Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, the Folly draws influence from the surrounding red-brick buildings of Hackney Wick, posing as an imaginary piece of the area’s past, a building trapped under the motorway.
By day the folly will host a café, workshops and events and boat trips exploring the surrounding waterways. At night there will be screenings ranging from animation classics to early and experimental cinema with live scores, light shows and performances.
Like a giant construction-kit, the folly will be built over the period of a month by a team of volunteers. Having served one purpose it will be disassembled at the end of the summer, and the compents will find new uses across the local area.
Folly For a Flyover is the winner of the 2011 Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award.
Pop-up pianos. Nyc, 18th June - 2nd July 2011.
Pianos adorned by local artists appeared 3 days ago around the five boroughs of New York City including City Hall Park, the Staten Island ferry terminal and Tribeca Park, for the public to freely showcase their talent. Sing for Hope hosts 88 pianos for its second annual Pop-Up Piano event. The non-profit organization that strives to mobilize professional artists in volunteer programs for the community decided to start the event in 2010, hosting 60 pianos. After being played by the public for two weeks, the pianos will be donated to various schools, hospitals or community groups. Each piano will be “buddied” with the organizations as another step of community involvement.
Clet Abraham, this is the name of the artist who made this incredible creations all around Florence, uses easily removable adhesives applied at night, sometimes in plain view of security cameras.
If you ask him where he got his inspiration he say “The omnipresence of street signs, other than being a sign of the [Italian] culture of “anti-responsibility”, can verge on the absurd. The message is very poor (sometimes I feel like I’m being treated like an idiot by them) and yet they have a highly invasive aesthetic. As a professional in the world of visual space, I feel called to intervene, both to notify the public of the absurdity of the situation, and to propose a constructive and respectful alternative.”
Clet was arrested few weeks ago by Florence police and he had to pay 400 euro penality because of obvious street laws infrangeent, but all the work he made still there untouched.
Wake me up At Stickers. How frequently you fall asleep on the tube in the midst of the city’s “coming and going” and get off at the wrong stop? The solution to the problem comes from creative designers Cathy Hutton and Alice Tonge who have designed “wake-me-up” stickers.
A way to establish a friendly relationship with your seat neighbor or isolate completely , keeping people’s curiosity at bay. You choose. In any case, as author Cathy Hutton claims on her site, it’s “a way to get around life’s small nuisances”.
You can order the stickers online at www.wakemeupat.com or pick them up at shops like Urban Outfitters, Magma, American Retro, Aria (Upper Street) and The ICA Bookshop.