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Joëlle Payet

Walk, Pause, Fast Forward, Play

Walking the Edit is an iPhone application using surrounding geolocalised information to create a movie while you are walking. “It’s great that videos, pictures and other data can be geolocalized thus creating an ‘augmented space’. But we are left to wonder… how can we turn this abundance of information into a story? Can we build…

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Shed Light On The Lack Of Urban Green Spaces

I can’t help imagining a butterfly effect between the current spontaneous protests sweeping across Spain and the interventions by the Luzinterruptus collective. At least, I like the idea. Since 2008, the Madrid-based street art group has been acting “with the simple idea of focusing people’s attention by using light on problems that we found in the…

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Advertising Was The New Poetry

Blaise Cendrars claimed advertising to be the new poetry. Robert Montgomery makes us think the other way around. In his ‘Words in the City at Night’ series, the London-based artist hijacks large advertising billboards and bus stops to display his melancholic poems, echoing the Situationist concept of détournement. He explains: “What interests me in working anonymously is…

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  • Cities As Big Playgrounds

    Here on The Pop-Up City, we are big fans of urban games. We love urban games because they change our perception of routine spaces, they invite us as citizens to take over public spaces, they encourage interactions with strangers, and because most of them are just fun! Berlin’s Invisible Playground collective makes Street Games, Audio Adventures and Playful Theater that turn the city into a giant playground.

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    Architecture That Grows And Repairs Itself

    We like to consider the city as an organism but are cities really living? Thanks to new technologies, living architecture and literally sustainable cities may become a reality. Rachel Armstrong collaborates with architects and scientists to explore the use of metabolic materials for the practice of architecture — construction materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to ‘grow’ architecture.

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    Build A $300 House

    “About 2 billion people live in absolute poverty. In 2010 the United Nations calculated that there were about 827m people living in slums and predicted that the number might double by 2030.” — The Economist Last year, Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar urged CEOs, Governments, NGOs, Foundations to join forces and tackle the global housing-for-the-poor…

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  • The Open House: A Model For A Future Suburbia

    I watched Inside Job by Charles Ferguson a few days ago. This compelling documentary does not only expose the economic crisis shocking truths but reminds us about the impact on ‘ordinary’ people in the US and abroad. America is plagued by unemployment rises and record foreclosures with the suburbs particularly hit. The Open House, a project…

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    Pandora Boxes In The City

    Berlin is a great place for street art as we’ve reported before. The German artist Sweza, however, takes graffiti to a new level. About the Audio Box project, Sweza writes: “In the year 2009, this little carillon got installed at the Admirasbruecke in Berlin Kreuzberg, unfortunately the audio box got stolen after three days.” This short…

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    A Pop-Up Restaurant On Top Of European Landmarks

    The Cube is an ode to top gastronomy. Literally. This pop-up restaurant commissioned by the Swedish Appliance Manufacturer Electrolux is scheduled to stay on top of a series of European landmarks. From the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome to a mountain cliff in Switzerland, foodies in search for unique experiences will be able to…

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