"Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good"
eds., August 2012
Organized by Cathy Lang Ho, Ned Cramer, and David van der Leer for New York’s nonprofit Institute for Urban Design, which was chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions featured 124 projects that fall within the burgeoning category of interventionist urbanism. Presented in this issue of Architect, which served as the exhibition catalogue, the projects are largely oriented toward the “local,” in that many look no further than improving the neighborhood. From chicken coops fashioned from supermarket carts to GOOD Ideas for Cities’ pairing of civic leaders with creative teams, the works highlight citizen activism as a means to reorder the planning and policies of American cities. Essays by the curators and a range of critics and interventionists reflect on the history of such activism and consider how it transforms urban experience. A website indexes the projects: http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/interventions.