In Bristol (UK) lamp posts, post boxes and other members of city’s street furniture are talkative. Strange to say. It’s an idea by PAN, with the help of Gyorgyi Galik and Tom Armitage, and consists of a playful SMS platform using the text message function of mobile phones to allow the communication between people and inanimate objects.
Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons starts on the premise that public spaces are part of urban commons, today more than yesterday, as recent history has told us. With this consideration, the book presents a collection of the most mesmerizing design projects reshaping cities’ topography by means of art, imagination, civic participation and low resources.
Before acting, public space’s players need tools to investigate urban reality. The Periscope suits them. Designed by collective ika during Biennale di Venezia in 2010, it was also used by curious passers-by with a shift in perspective.
Almost everybody knows it: over half the earth’s population now lives in cities. Therefore, there are challenges to tackle in order to reduce their inhabitants’ footprints. WWF has selected 33 of the most sustainable cities all over the world, that are positively changing their lifestyles and providing good solutions. Explore the website, share ideas and vote your favorite city.
Open call for international public design projects inspired by the theme of the street food, as a tool for enhancement of public spaces, socialization and aggregation. Submission deadline: 28th February 2014 Submit your project
Are you a non profit urban designer/experimenter/dreamer or a non profit collective? You have the opportunity to tell your story through a web series !
Are You Series? is a new project conceived by Milano Film Festival in collaboration with Banca Prossima with the aim to produce a web series about the italian non profit world, using creative solutions and innovative languages.
The competition is open to everybody (non profit organizations, teamworks, social entrepreneurs, students, productions companies, directors… ). The budget assigned to the winning project will cover the production costs for a maximum of € 60,000. The closing date is 10th March 2014.
A few days left to enter the open call for international public design projects for the next edition of Public Design Festival in Milan (Italy). The theme is food and you can get inspired by the images enlisted in this tumblr blog over the years.
Can City is about recycling, the informal economy of waste pickers in Brazil and handiwork. The street cart is a small portable foundry that melt soda cans with used-cooking oil to create objects like useful (silver) chairs. Made by Studio Swine.
Same place, two years later, new intervention. Under the direction of Collectif Etc, the vacant lot in Saint-Étienne (France) named “Place du Géant” has changed its shape again. These wooden benches have been designed by Collectif Parenthèse.
Within the frame of Wienwoche 2013, the Austrian performance-collective wastecooking came up with a disruptive and uncommon proposal in opposition to the system of conventional supermarkets. It’s the wastecooking’s free supermarket, a food shop where everything is for free and anyone can enter. Under the motto “food is culture… don’t waste it, cook it”, the shop offered waste-diving tours in the neighbourhoods, a cooking campaign with food salvaged from the rubbish bin, a creative cooking device, tasty waste meals, performances and shelves of food, of course.