12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities From the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale : TreeHugger
September 6, 2012 Leave a comment
Jennifer Hattam brings us more DIY urbanism from the US pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Some of the things this post covers I have already discussed, such as community gardens, parklets and DIY bike lanes. Some new things from this post include the Red Swing Project, where a website tells people how to build this simple swing and mount it somewhere in the city; a seed bomb vending machine, which for 50 cents will give you a ball of compost, clay and seeds to toss into the derelict lot of your choice and grow flowers; and New York’s dumpster pools, where dumpsters are cleaned out and lined with a waterproof barrier to become temporary swimming pools. Other interventions find innovative ways to incorporate technology into the urban design process. There are a lot of good ideas on show at the Biennale, and I hope that this will lead to more innovation in the future.