From Cleveland to Venice to Chicago to New York!
The United States’ pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale chose the theme “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good”, focusing on the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens taking the initiative to make improvements to the public realm. From August to November 2012, Pop Up City joined other activist-minded projects from the United States exhibited in Venice, Italy.
From there the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit, including Pop Up City, was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center from May 24, 2013 – September 1, 2013. The exhibit included interactive banners and wall displays employed at the Venice Biennale.
Now the exhibit is making it first appearance in New York on Governor’s Island, New York City’s newest public park. A former military base, the island is home to dozens of historic buildings and 125 acres of open space. A condensed version of the original exhibition will be on display in Building 403 on Colonel’s Row, a former officer’s residence adjacent to the Parade Ground. It will be exhibited through September 28, 2014.
“We feel very fortunate to have the chance to bring Spontaneous Interventions to Governors Island, whose recent evolution into a public park perfectly reflects the values promoted in the exhibition, specifically, the need for flexible public space that is not overly prescribed or controlled—as is the case for so much public space—and instead is open to a wide range of user driven activities,” says Cathy Lang Ho, the show’s original curator who organized the Governors 2 of 4 Island presentation with Stefan Jonot and Office Ho Jonot, a cultural consultancy.
More information on the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibition on Governor’s Island can be found here.
The CUDC is excited to be one of 15 finalists chosen by the Place by Design Jury. The final submissions were hand-selected by a distinguished group of leading design theorists and architects, and will be exhibited during the conference held in Austin this year. The finalists will compete for 3 awards to be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8th. The Place by Design award categories are: Transformative Design, Community Impact, and Global Potential.
About Our Submission
The Detroit-Superior Bridge Project invited a broad spectrum of the public to engage in a fun and productive planning process to transform the bridge’s abandoned lower level into an active public space. Employing temporary, yet realistic, mock-ups of alternative proposals for bicycle amenities, directional signage, and performance spaces, this project enabled attendees to make informed decisions and provides needed inspiration to other initiatives aimed at rewriting the stories of forgotten, yet extraordinary, places.
For more information about the Detroit-Superior Bridge Project, please visit BridgeProjectCleveland.com.
Connecting Cleveland: Beyond the Burnham Plan
Tuesday, November 30th
noon – 7pm
Cleveland Public Library, Stokes Wing, Room 218
The Cleveland Group Plan Commission invites you to participate in a design charrette to develop a unified vision for Downtown Cleveland built around signature public spaces and the connections and opportunities that link development projects from the Cuyahoga River, the proposed downtown Cleveland Casino, across Public Square to Malls A, B, C and the new Medical Mart and Convention Center, and onward to the lakefront.
The charrette will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 from Noon until 7pm in Room 218 East/West of the Cleveland Public Library. Take the elevators in the Louis Stokes Wing to the Second Floor (business department) and turn left.
This charrette is an afternoon-long work session, facilitated by the Cleveland City Planning Commission, ParkWorks and the Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The event is being organized in collaboration with the Cleveland chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association.
Your participation is critical to the success of this work. Ideas and recommendations from the Connecting Cleveland charrette will be incorporated into the downtown connections plan being prepared by LMN Architects and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. LMN and GGN are also working on the Convention Center and Medical Mart project.
- Noon: Welcome and introductions
- 12:15 pm: Overview of process and the design assignment
- 12:45 – 4:30 pm: Work session in small, interdisciplinary design teams
- 4:30 – 6 pm: Pin-up, drinks and dinner/snacks
- 6 – 7 pm: Community presentation/conversation, coffee & dessert
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November 23 to Gina Love Slade at (216) 696-2122 ext. 101 or glove(at)parkworks.org. A briefing document will be sent to all charrette participants a week before the event.
If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Terry Schwarz at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, (216) 357-3426 or tschwarz(at)kent.edu.
The first exhibit hosted in our new CUDC gallery will have its opening reception on May 17, 2010 from 5-8pm. The exhibit entitled Napoli Senza Titolo (Naples Untitled) is a photographic exploration of Neopolitans using their city’s public spaces. The exhibit will run through May 29, 2010 and the gallery will be open during CUDC office hours (9-5pm).
Napoli Senza Titolo
May 17, 5 – 8pm
6pm : Gallery talk by Helen Liggett, photographer and professor at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs
May 17, 2010 – May 29, 2010
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
For more information call CUDC at 216.357.3434
The exhibit is sponsored by the Consul of Italy in Detroit, Marco Nobili and the CUDC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago.
by david jurca