#16: bubble-up interventions
Today’s show explores urban interventions bubbling from the bottom-up. Mike Lydon describes a few of the self-funded, self-organized initiatives that led to the Tactical Urbanism volumes. David Winkler de-mystifies the growing of food and tells why The Area is mixing urban agriculture, music, and neighbours. Vancouver-based architect Michel Labrie shares a food-growing concept you want to hang out in. And the show wraps up with a conversation about SpontaneousInterventions at the Venice Architecture Biennale with Cathy Lang Ho, commissioner and curator, and co-curator David van der Leer.
The SpontaneousInterventions installation is comprised of 124 striped flags coded to reflect improvements each intervention addresses.
These banners are suspended from scaffolding and can be pulled down to read.
A timeline is placed on the floor. A collection of video statements responding to hopes, dreams and concerns for the future screens on a wall. In one of the video statements about a dream city, artist Fritz Haeg comes to the conclusion that he’d prefer to be “an architect of removal” and an “artist of not doing”. Another video statement by artist Graham Coreil-Allen offers a post-industrial vision complete with a Bill of Pedestrian Rights, urban agriculture, and highways as recreation districts.
Thanks to Plaistow Cube, James Yeates, Marco Raaphorst, Dexter Britain and Discount Fireworks for the music.
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The Area - @areayyc
Tactical Urbanism – @MikeLydon
MLA – Jardin de Metis
SpontaneousInterventions – @S_Interventions