Open Source Urbanism: Venice Biennale Puts Spotlight On Renegade Redesigners – Cities – GOOD
August 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Gordon Douglas, who write this post for Good, is part of a group that put together an exhibit of “Spontaneous Interventions” at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He discusses the emergence (or re-emergence) of the field of DIY/guerrilla/tactical/pop-up urbanism, to the point where the movement may be going mainstream. There are websites and blogs devoted to it (which, despite the density of posts on the subject recently, mine is not expressly one of those blogs), and guides like Tactical Urbanism can be downloaded for free. It’s almost ironic that an “underground” movement like this is being featured in such a major event as the Biennale, even when many of the works have no one to be attributed to. It’s interesting to see cities like San Francisco and New York adopting and formalizing the idea of a pop-up park. Whether sanctioned or not, these measures are iteratively improving cities.