Occupy Wall Street Hackathons Produce Digital Tools and New Activists : "Building a visual language for the 99%, grassroots style. Infographic + other protest signs, logistical signage, and universal icons to support the Occupy Together movement."
To deliver vital information more effectively to the urban homeless— a decentralized population with little access to mobile technology—designers Emily Read and Chen Hsu revived the centuries-old language of the hobo code. The homeless can use this series of simple symbols to communicate with each other about safety, shelter, and free food by inscribing them with chalk on sidewalks, buildings, and other surfaces. The code, reproduced in each issue ofthe Pavement, a London-based magazine for the homeless, forms a common language that is both inconspicuous and highly directed. Read calls the language “a means of exposing the hidden potentials of the city and making these more accessible to the homeless” and “a new, informal avenue of communication,” one that also makes reference to the very roots of language and civilization.
Source initiale : [pop-up] urbain, Philippe Gargov.
Combining street art and urban planning, Candy Chang created fill-in-the-blank stickers that say “I wish this was ____.” With support from the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibit, she placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers and a permanent marker on vacant storefronts to invite passersby to write their thoughts. The stickers are vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property. Responses ranged from the functional to the poetic: I wish this was… a butcher shop, a community garden, a bike rack, an affordable farmer’s market, a Chinese restaurant, a place to sit and talk, Brad Pitt’s house, real soul food, a dancing school, full of nymphomaniacs with PhDs, Heaven. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool to provide civic input onsite, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations of different neighborhoods.
Réalisé par l'architecte allemand Michael Shoner et exposé pour la première fois en 2008 à Amsterdam, le Boom Bench se veut avant tout un vecteur de sociabilité. Une idée qui n'est pas du goût de tous.
There are more than 10,000 street vendors in NYC, but selling things from a table or cart isn’t as simple as it seems. Vendors are fined $1000 for small violations, like parking their cart more than 18″ from the curb, and many vendors don’t know their rights when approached by police. The rulebook is intimidating and hard to understand by anyone, let alone someone whose first language isn’t English. As part of CUP’s Making Policy Public series, Candy collaborated with Rosten Woo and John Mangin of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Sean Basinski of The Street Vendor Project, and street vendors around NYC to develop this guide so vendors can understand their rights, avoid fines, and earn an honest living.
What if we could easily share ideas for what we want in our neighborhoods? This is the question that drove Candy and her colleagues to make Neighborland, an online tool for people to shape the development of their neighborhoods. It takes her I Wish This Was public art project a few steps further to help people voice what they want in their neighborhoods and take next steps to make things happen. It connects residents who want things with likeminded people, initiatives, and resources. It’s a valuable poll for civic leaders and developers to assess what residents want in different areas, vacant real estate, and existing public spaces. And it promotes entrepreneurship by revealing neighborhood demands and proving there is a viable customer base for new businesses to open.
The Omnibus is all about ideas. From the beginning, Urban Omnibus has been a showcase of good ideas for the future of cities, conceived in the public interest and tried and tested in the five boroughs of New York. So, we have decided to surface some of the ideas that have appeared on Urban Omnibus over the past two years and broadcast them around the city.
Se trouvant à l’intersection d’attentes grandissantes, de la réalité quotidienne, d’images souvent préconçues, le site Internet de la ville présente un visage poli par une formalisation nouvelle due au média.
Comment le visage de la ville est-il modelé avec les outils d’Internet? Est-il possible de retrouver une forme propre dans laquelle les citoyens peuvent se refléter et se reconnaître ? Ou s’agit-il plutôt simplement d’une homogénéisation de l’identité des villes ?
Réinvestir l'espace intelligemment, essayer le plus possible d'améliorer les installations déjà existantes, c'est la mission que s'est donnée Fabrique-Hacktion, une équipe d'ingénieux designers dans les rues de la Capitale.
Traversée par la tradition de la bidouille, l'Afrique manquait jusqu'ici de lieux où développer cet esprit. Mais le succès du Maker Faire Africa augure de la création d'une ambitieuse communauté de partage entre makers et hackers du continent.
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