Design Under Sky wrote about an exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal entitled Actions: What You Can Do with the City. The exhibit runs through April 19, 2009.
CCA’s site lists 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities. According to CCA, “The 99 actions featured include projects related to the production of food and possibilities of urban agriculture; the planning and creation of public spaces to strengthen community interactions; the recycling of abandoned buildings for new purposes; the use of the urban fabric as a terrain for play such as soccer, climbing, skateboarding, or parkour; the alternate use of roads for walking, or rail lines as park space; the design of clothing to circumvent urban barriers against resting on benches or sliding on railings; among others.”
Some interesting actions:
- Pink Puff Rolls Instant Playground
- Tomatoes Colonize Traffic Islands
- Beer Makes Gardens
- Oranges Lead Noctural Walks
- Corn Restores Land-use Diversity
- Ivy Invades London
Go to the full list, where you can decide whether the idea is either “genius,” or “old news.” Also, CCA encourages people to submit their own ideas. Entries they deem the best will be added to their exhibit.