Many companies and organizations have taken advantage of a crowdsourcing model to gauge public opinion on a wide range of questions. Now, the government is doing it. Last April, residents of Helsinki were given the opportunity to use a pop-up touch screen to “Like” a proposal for a government funded Guggenheim museum in their city (unlike Facebook, the screens also featured a ‘Dislike’ button, giving the opposition an opportunity to be heard as well.)
Who should be responsible for the city’s lay-out? The ones who pay for it, or the ones with the creativity and capacity to make it look good? Well, a good argument is shown in two great adbusting projects by Jason Epping and the Graffiti Research Lab.
Candy Chang doesn’t miss a hit. Once again she created a great public project for the community, this time in Turku, Finland, European Capital of Culture 2011, as part of the programs Flux Aura and Artist as Neighbor.
Markets are definitely among the most attracting urban places, linking communities and people of differerent cultural backgrounds. The temporary floating market, that popped up July 6 in North Amsterdam is an experiment aiming to find out what markets could mean regarding the neutralisation of spatial and cultural barriers. The Johan van Hasseltkanaal forms a spatial…