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.
This summer the undulating roads of the British city of Bristol will quietly undergo a change. Unseen to the passer-by, the postboxes and lamp-posts, storm drains and man-hole covers that litter the streets will steadily be vitalised with powers of speech. People will begin to be able to greet the objects they encounter via text, and converse with them about the area in which they ‘meet’. All the information gathered from the exchanges will be stored, moderated and then fed back to others — meaning that dialogues and games, tips and stories can be shared amongst the residents of Bristol.Read more →
Like the wildly successful High Line park in New York City, the Bloomingdale Trail will be Chicago’s celebrated elevated park. Just days ago, planners submitted a framework plan to guide the community-oriented design process.Read more →
Bottom-up, open data, open source, open design, co-creation, crowd-sourcing. The last years have been marked by a trend of openness that’s driven by the geeky side of Internet culture, and driven further by things like the economic crisis and the democratic deficit. Whether it’s about WikiLeaks’ struggle for open information or the attention for participatory urbanism, we all go ‘inclusive’. However, there’s no culture without counter-culture.Read more →
One in eight shops in the United Kingdom currently stand empty. On the one hand it’s the credit crunch that trebled the number of empty shops, on the other hand it’s the emergence of suburbian mega malls and the Internet shopping boom. “Shopping experts warned that the high street will never be the same again.” UK-based Shopjacket claims to have a solution to the problem of empty shops on main streets. By using three-dimensional bespoke panels, the young company transforms unoccupied retail spaces into store fronts that look like they’re in use.Read more →