micro.interventionssuper- minimum interventions (micro-actions) able to change the perception of a public place that weusually dont care about; precise and hyper local design solutions to enable the creation of what we call"urban situations".
piano staircaserolighetsteorin + VW | Stoccolma, 2009http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw&feature=player_embeddedthey provided a simulation of a piano within the staircase,the singular steps really could play,people had fun,interact with other people to compose melodies,and they realized that people actually used morestaircase than mobile escalators.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?_something unexpected,_something strange_something plyaful,_or also something really “affordable”(affordance is the property of things of naturally invite you in)
wallpeoplecollaborative project, 2010http://wallpeople.org/http://www.arkinet.com/articles/wallpeople-the-largest-photo-mural-in-townWallpeople simultaneously in 10 cities of the world, askedpeople to collaborate in an art installation collectiveproject in public spaces, each person has to just bring apicture and place it in a position on the wall, near to whatthey decided.then, after a while (1 hour) every citizen coul pick apictures (of other people) and bring a piece of theinstallation homeWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?_the willing to complete and collaborate to the opera_the possibility of participating at something collective_the possibility of interacting with peopleWhat happens to the perception of the space?_form a place that I usually don’t carea boute, they was able tocreate a “memory” about the place, they attached a meaning tothe place...
play or rewindcliostraat, Siena 2001http://www.cliostraat.com/show.php?baby=131a series of temporary and very very simple “invitation touse”, a shift from a public plaza to a public playgroundsomething that can be easily rewindedWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?_something unexpected,_something strange_something plyaful,_mis-use / completely change the meaning of the place
muro di SormanoIFdesign, Sormano 2006http://www.ifdesign.it/ifweb.pdfit was a cycling path, and they just put some informationsabout distances, history... in the path physically.So that bikers coul in a way enjoy more the travelWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?_providing informations_inviting to read them_invitation to enjoy_making the place more beautiful
risorgimento squareMa0, piazza Risorgimento Bari 2006http://www.ma0.it/load_bari_piazza.swfa series of bences in the plaza that could be rotatedaround, just i,you can choose where to sit and how to face the sun, howto become distant or close to someone else in thesquare...Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?_the willing to modify and customize_the possibility of participating at something collective_the possibility of interacting with peopleWhat happens to the perception of the space?_a place that now I can use!
ﬁeld partyKazuyo Sejima | Tokyo, 2010A workshop to requaliﬁcate a Tokyo suburbs whereneighborhoods usually don’t go and don’t interact.They organized an event: a barbecue, with 100barbecues, spread in the space, each barbecue servedjust 1 part of the meal, so that people has to walk around,travel the space and interact with other people whilecooking their own dinner.“The party looks disconnected, but people share thecoming dusk together, and they were happy”.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
dead dropsAran Bartholl | New York, 2010http://deaddrops.com/dead-drops originally are secret places to leaveinformations in spy language.Now there’s a digital dead-drops. Aram Bartholl put a lot of usb keys coming out fromurban walls.What would you do it?Wouldn’t you be curious to hang your laptop?It’s really becoming a hip.it’s the contemporary “bookcrossing”, would you leaveany message?Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
before I die wallChandy Chang | lots of cities, 2009http://civiccenter.cc/beforeidie/Candy Chang repeated in several wall this unﬁnishedexhibition, simply asking people to complete“before i die i want” ____________In a few days citizens ﬁlled the wall up!Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
pagina biancaart kitchen | Bo, Mi, Fi, Na, Vr, Fe, 2009http://www.artkitchen.it/portfolio/la-pagina-bianca/plazas like white paper.with a lot of tools availabe to write and draw.plazas like conceptually places to be written, places onwhich providing a personal story, a personal contributionWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
intermediomader lopez / Cordoba 2008http://www.maiderlopez.com/portfolio/intermedio-2008/?lang=enThe lines painted on a plot represent the future housesthat will be built there. Intervention on a pot. Córdoba CityHall, Spain, 2008.anticipation / preview of what will be in an empty plotWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
bus stop derbyGoodby Silverstein & Partners | San Francisco, 2010http://folliacreativa.com/2010/12/06/guerrilla-yahoo-bus-stop-derby/San Francisco / intra-neighboorhood game competiont atthe bus stop,Citizens can contribute to the score of their neighborhoodplaying while waiting the bus (boring activity).at the end of 10 weeks the neighborhood with the highestscore won a hhuge party organized by the muicipalityWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
tokyo manneraa.vv | Tokyo, 1976-1982http://pinktentacle.com/2010/08/vintage-tokyo-subway-manner-posters/A project from 70s, posters that in a funny way remind tounderground useres some basic good manners (likedont’ sleep on the metro, don’t occupy too muchspace, ....)Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
Pink Puffs Roll InstantPlaygroundtopotek, 2004http://cca-actions.org/actions/pink-puffs-roll-instant-playgroundTwenty-four inﬂatable pink rubber objects and ﬁfteen foamcubes were installed in a temporary playground beside ahorse pasture in Wolfsburg, Germany, for the 2004 StateGarden Show.The pink landscape created by the structures wasdesigned to evoke childrens’ toys and contrast with thenatural surroundings.There are no ﬁxed uses for the objects in the TemporaryPlayground: they are both shelter and surface, capable ofbeing rolled into any space, transforming a sidewalkcorner or a vacant lot into a beguiling and playful garden.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
swingingBruno Taylor | London, 2008http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/3682/playful-spaces-by-bruno-taylor.htmlAs part of Bruno Taylor’s series “Playful Spaces,” heinstalled a swing at a London bust stop.this project is a study into different ways of bringing playback into public space.it focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in thepublic realm by not so much as having separate playequipment that dictates the users but by using existingfurniture and architectural elements that indicate playfulbehavior for all.’Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
play me I’m yoursLuke Jerram | various cities, 2008http://www.streetpianos.com/Street pianos are appearing in cities across the world.Located in parks, squares, bus shelters and train stations,outside galleries, markets and on bridges and ferries, thepianos are for any member of the public to enjoy andclaim ownership of.Reaching an audience of over 1,000,000 peopleworldwide, Jerram has installed over 300 pianos in 16different cities so far.Who plays them and how long they remain is up to eachcommunity. Each piano acts as sculptural, musical, blankcanvas that becomes a reﬂection of the communities it isembedded into. Many pianos are personalised anddecorated.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
subway openingimprove everywhere | Manhattan, 2009http://improveverywhere.com/2009/03/18/subway-art-gallery-opening/A temporary evening party with waiters and music playersin the underground?Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
free hugsfree hugs campaign | London, from 2006http://www.freehugscampaign.org/Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann,A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug astranger to brighten up their lives.In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO AFRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you canreach just one personWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
home sweet bus stop homeMark A. Reigelman II | various cities, 2010http://www.markreigelman.com/“Home Sweet (Bus Stop) Home” an art installation that re-create a home environent in bus-stopsWhy did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
paint grow soccer ﬁeldMaider Lopez | United Arab Emirates, 2007http://cca-actions.org/actions/paint-grows-soccer-ﬁeldAs part of the Sharjah Biennial, artist Maider Lópezpainted the lines of a soccer ﬁeld red in a public square ofSharjah, adding goals on either end. Because pre-existing features such as benches and streetlamps werenot altered, the square became a strange new site forfootball matches where spectators relaxed on benchesinside the pitch at all hours. The project suggests a modelfor easy and relaxed integration of different activities.Maider López works on interrupting conventional spaceand architecture.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
starwars subway carsimprov everywhere | NY subway, 2010http://improveverywhere.com/2010/07/14/star-wars-subway-car/For our latest mission, we staged a reenactment of theﬁrst Princess Leia / Darth Vader scene from Star Wars ona New York City subway car. The white walls and slidingdoors on the train reminded us of the rebel ship from themovie, and we thought it would be fun to see how peoplewould react to a surprise appearance by the iconiccharacters. We spread out the actors along the train line,staging it so they would enter the right car at the righttime. Enjoy the video ﬁrst and then go behind- the-sceneswith the photos and report below.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
pixel notesDuncan Wilson, 2007http://www.multilinkmagazine.com/2007/12/19/pixel-notes/Notes of different kinds make up the wallpaper, Pixelnotesfrom artist and graphic designer Duncan Wilson.The wallpaper is made up of four layers divided intoindividual squares resembling sticky notes.The notes can even be written upon and detached,exposing a different colored note from the layer beneath.As notes are removed, a pattern begins to reveal itself.Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?
the world deepest binthe fun theory | 2009http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbEKAwCoCKw&feature=player_embeddedTo throw rubbish in the bin instead of onto the ﬂoorshouldn’t really be so hard. Many people still fail to do so.Can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin,rather than onto the ground, by making it fun to do?(a strange sound comes out from the bin when you throwthe paper away)Why did it work?What do they use as a trigger element?