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 a great adbusting project by Jason Epping and the Graffiti Research Lab.
Ownership of the city and its public space has become a big theme over the last years. While today’s placemakers, urban interventionists and community activators are concerned with ‘re-claiming’ physical spaces, the online world sees the rise of all kinds of location-based apps and games that enable users to claim ownership of public space in a digital world.
Homelessness is a growing problem across Europe and finding new and effective ways to combat social exclusion and help the homeless is becoming increasingly difficult. Malka Architecture, France, have found a way to attract much needed attention towards the growing problem of homelessness whilst at the same time providing shelter for those who need it.
Artist collective Raum created a very special pavement in Bourges, France. What characterizes this pavement is that it isn’t hard, but floats. The project, called ‘La Ville Molle’ (‘The Soft City’), questions the hardness of the city and its ability to change.