Parklets (Various) / Photo Abby Wilcox and the Bold Italic Magazine
Just what is a spontaneous, urban intervention? According to the Institute for Urban Design, who's organizing the event this year, it's everything from "parklets to community farms, guerrilla bike lanes to urban repair squads, outdoor living rooms to pop-up markets, sharing networks and temporary architecture, the installation highlights viable citizen-led alternatives to traditional top-down urban revitalization tactics."
You may have seen Rockwell Group's Imagination Playground at some of the design festivals this year. The big blue blocks are designed to encourage children to build their own play spaces, and are specially suited for public outdoor environments. You've probably also heard of Seed Bombs, the seed-packed balls you can buy from old fashioned gumball machines and toss anywhere you'd like to see a little greenery - though we suggest aiming for a plot of dirt at the very least. But those are just two of 124 creative, ambitious and, more importantly, playful projects that will be on exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion. If you're not heading to Venice you can still check out the exhibition online.
"Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good" at the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale from August 29 – November 25, 2012.
When Perrin isn't scouting the best new design talent for Core77, or working as the Products Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, or writing for Cool Hunting, Design Applause, Print Magazine, Frieze and The Paris Review, she's trying to put her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College to good use.