Best Of 2012


Here at The Pop-Up City it has become an end-of-the-year tradition to bring you a selection of the most interesting, thought-provoking and appealing articles that have been published over the last 12 months.

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A Fly-Thru Restaurant For Birds

Fly-thru restaurant for birds by Brian Wolter

The fact that birds eat fastfood becomes clear when you pay attention to the pigeons on the central squares of the world’s big cities. Picking the left-overs of hamburgers and fries from right between your your legs, these intrusive birds know very well what they prefer for dinner. As a consequence of adopting human eating habits they are increasingly fat. Obesity among birds becomes an urban phenomenon. This must have triggered Copenhagen-based artist Brian Wolter to create this take-away for birds.

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A Chat With Rudolf Klöckner (Urban Shit)

Rudolf Klöckner (Urban Shit)

Last Thursday Blogging the City took place in Amsterdam. It turned out to be an unforgettable day with a great selection of leading European bloggers that shared what drives them and inspires them with our online and offline audience. One of them was Rudolf Klöckner, driving force behind Hamburg-based street art blog Urban Shit. He entertained the audience by showing his favorite urban interventions he’s come across in the past years. We asked him a few questions right before the conference.

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Today: Blogging The City

Blogging the City Amsterdam

Ladies and gentlemen, today is the day! This afternoon and evening, we’re bringing together a selection of Europe’s leading bloggers at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, to share what drives them, inspires them, and what their ideas are when it comes to topics such as urban development, architecture, food, design, bicycle culture, street art, and new media. Thanks to generous support of Philips, there’ll be a live stream available for the entire conference! Blogging the City starts at 14:00 local time, so there’s two hours left for you to run to the supermarket to buy some popcorn and soda.

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Magic Boxes: Disappearing Street Art

Magic Boxes by Cayetano Ferrer

You know the old cliche “stop and smell the roses”. How about “stop and look at the boxes”? If you can find them! American urban hacktivist Cayetano Ferrer is a magician of sorts, transforming ordinary urban objects — usually boxes and signs — into feats of magic. Using stickers printed with high-quality photographs, Ferrer creates an illusion of transparency.

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Temporary Street Interventions Spice Up Amsterdam River Bank

De Weesperzijde Leeft

On one of Amsterdam’s most scenic streets, a local art gallery initiated a manifestation named ‘De Weesperzijde Leeft’ (‘The Weesperzijde is alive’) to involve the neighbourhood into the artscene. The gallery collaborated with a group of artists to create streetart in the most literal meaning of the word. Artists designed temporary zebra crossings, which reflect the identity of the street itself. Most of them refer to the influence the adjacent Amstel river had over the years.

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