effervescent urbansim

Today’s show explores urban interventions bubbling from the bottom-up. Mike Lydon describes a few of the self-funded, self-organized initiatives that led to the Tactical Urbanism volumes. David Winkler de-mystifies the growing of food and tells why The Area is mixing urban agriculture, music, and neighbours.Vancouver-based architect Michel Labrie shares a food-growing concept you want to hang out in. And the show wraps up with a conversation about SpontaneousInterventions at the Venice Architecture Biennale with Cathy Lang Ho, the commissioner and curator, and co-curator David van der Leer. [image: SpontaneousInterventions by Freecell]

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As part of the Public Dialogue program, we have partnered with local organizations and programs that will add to and expand upon the conversation:

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good 

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, May 24–September 1, 2013, features 84 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to neighborhoods and cities in addition to a pop-up installation in Millennium Park.

Chicago is the first destination of Spontaneous Interventions, which served as the U.S. presentation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012). The contents of the exhibition have been updated to include more recent and more local projects.

Among the 84 projects that are presented, more than a dozen are from Chicago, including several that also appeared in Venice.

Spontaneous Interventions, organized by Cathy Lang Ho on behalf of the Institute for Urban Design, is devoted to the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens acting on their own initiative to bring improvements to the urban realm, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. The exhibition received over 178,000 visitors in Venice, and earned a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury, the first time the United States has been honored in the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Spontaneous Interventions has loaned over 70 original texts from its collection to the Public Dialogue Reading Room. In turn, Public Dialogue will host exhibition public programming at the Arts Incubator designed to engage audiences in a cross-city exchange of thoughts and ideas related to the creative investigation and interpretation of the urban landscape. 

Sixty Inches from Center Chicago Arts Archive - Saturday, August 3rd

Sixty Inches From Center is a non-profit organization that documents and engages the visual arts in Chicago. SIFC uses video, audio, photography, editorial essays, and interviews to document artists and arts events that exist outside of the city’s mainstream cultural institutions. By doing so, SIFC is able to capture the innovative work of artists and communities that might otherwise be missed by traditional art historical narratives.

This documentary material is then featured on SIFC’s Chicago Arts Archive project website, ensuring that it is available both as an educational resource and as a platform to support the work of local artists. Through a partnership with the Harold Washington Library’s Chicago Artists Archive, the content collected by SIFC is included in the Archive’s extensive physical catalog of artists files to further the connection with and documentation of 21st century artists.

Through the Collective Project, SIFC seeks to establish programming and partnerships that allow them to use resource sharing as a way to increase access to and engagement with the arts in Chicago.

SIFC joins Public Dialogue to offer Washington Park neighbors the opportunity to share their stories on Saturday, August 3, through the Sixty Inches from Center Archives Washington Park program. More information available in the program description.