Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, traveling exhibition Actions: What You Can Do with the City proposes 99 clever ways to revamp urban living and prompt positive change on your home turf.
The diverse “actions” encompass guerrilla gardening, savvy reuse of vacant spaces, clandestine civic improvements, and more playful ideas, such as creating temporary parks in metered parking spots. The best part is, it’s not just theoretical: most of the projects have been brought to life before in cities ranging from Tokyo to Toronto.
Check out the Actions toolkit online, buy the book, visit the exhibit at Chicago’s Graham Foundation, accept the Actions Challenge for yourself, and visit the CCA’s website to learn more about the organizers.
#58: Outlaw Gardeners Beautify City
#15: Cellphone Photos Save Trash from Going to Waste
#9: Group Harvests Public Fruit Trees
#60: Illicit Stencil Saves Cyclists
#28: DIY Publicity Campaign Creates High Line Promenade
#38: Foamy Velour Suit Challenges Authority
#86: Parking Meter Makes for Temporary Park
#18: Software Maps Pedestrians’ “Paths of Least Surveillance”
#12 Executive Dines in Dumpster