Berlin is full of spontaneous parties in public space. During a trip we spotted a techno party near metro station Warschauer Straße. Under a fly-over, over 150 people were dancing to tunes played by a DJ while drinking their own supply of beer. The raw spot turned out to be a perfect party location.
The often celebrated process of gentrification has lost importance in the debate about the city over last years. Why? Because gentrification is no longer an exciting process with an uncertain product at the end. Nowadays we know the result, as we did not twenty years ago. Gentrification means overaged yuppies drinking cocktails, speaking loudly and…Read more →
We’d like to share some pictures of Liesbet Bussche’s graduation project at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. The Belgian jewelry designer has transformed objects that all belong to the regular inventory of Dutch public space into recognizable pieces of blown-up jewelry. The collection that decorates the streets in Amsterdam consists of a concrete ball…Read more →
As cities are incredibly complex, so must be any sort of urban sustainability, which can come in many more forms than a ‘Green City’. With so much going on in an urban environment, there’s bound to be some excess energy flows. So why waste that energy, if you can turn it into something that’s better, fun, and productive? That’s what we call Parasite Urbanism — strategies and urban interventions that creatively make use of spaces or energies that otherwise would be neglected or would go to waste, contributing to a wider concept of urban sustainability. Let’s take a look at three of the best examples of urban parasites that we’ve highlighted on the Pop Up City. They all make use of a variety of otherwise neglected spaces or energy, launching them into places that are more useful, more productive and more fun!Read more →
Launderettes are great inspiring places of which their existence is seldomly celebrated. They are perhaps the best indicators for metropolitan lifestyles within an urban area. Here I’ll describe and celebrate the specific urban atmosphere of the launderette starting with a short introduction of different typologies in launderette design. In general, launderettes are among the most…Read more →