Engaged civic/planning efforts
I still haven't gotten around to writing about some projects involving students from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Arts in Baltimore that I saw at Artscape.
Take 700 km of bike paths, 20 medium-sized pedestrian zones, 400 bus routes, 8 subway lines, mix everything well and you get an improved concept for mobility for the city of Montréal.
The international art project "Transit Kitchen“ by Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser is an invitation for Montréalers to deal with the themes of public transit, bike paths, pedestrian zones and scenarios for the future for an increasingly mobile and climate-friendly Montréal.
Montréalers and visitors will be invited to present, in the form of an ingredients list, recipes, meals, cooking methods and gourmet tips for new possibilities of mobility and for an improved urban lifestyle in Montréal.
Transit Kitchen launched in Toronto, and they have a cookbook of solutions from the exhibit there.
Toronto Transit Kitchen in Union Station.
6. Rethink NYC is a project sponsored by the Guggenheim Museum and BMW, as part of a series of pro-city event-exhibits across the world. See "BMW Guggenheim Lab to Open as Pop-Up in East Village" from the New York Times. It lasts through mid-October.
Note that the Baltimore Open City project did the same kind of thing, using space to exhibit on North Avenue and downtown that wasn't being used "productively."
7. Conferences in Providence, the Providence Symposium, "Make no little plans" in September, sponsored by the Providence Preservation Society and the New England Bike Walk Summit on Friday October 7th, are ways to engage the public in a manner that also builds capacity and community.
8. And the winning submissions from Gowanus by Design’s inaugural competition Gowanus Lowline: Connections, along with the four honorable mentions, 20 thought provoking “idea leaders” and three winning student teams from the Brooklyn School for Collaborative studies will be on display at the SET Gallery, 287 Third Avenue, Brooklyn for two weeks in September. The show’s opening night is Thursday, September 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.