Parkour is a style of movement through the city invented by the Frenchmen David Belle and Sébastien Foucan in the late 1980s and now practiced worldwide. Image: Rachel Granofsky
TreeHugger has a series called "Taking back the City" where we look at interventions citizens take to make the city's open spaces a vibrant home, school and playground instead of just a place to park or move cars. Now the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal has put together an entire show on the theme.
Actions: What You Can Do With the City is an exhibition with 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world. Seemingly common activities such as walking, playing, recycling, and gardening are pushed beyond their usual definition by the international architects, artists, and collectives featured in the exhibition. Their experimental interactions with the urban environment show the potential influence personal involvement can have in shaping the city, and challenge fellow residents to participate.
Actions: What You Can Do With the City documents and presents specific projects by a large and diverse group of activists whose personal involvement has triggered radical change in today’s cities. These human motors of change include architects, engineers, university professors, students, children, pastors, artists, skateboarders, cyclists, root eaters, pedestrians, municipal employees, and many others who answer the question of what can be done to improve the urban experience with surprising and often playful actions.
They kindly produce a list of 99 actions that artists and activists have taken that you might want to try in your city.
More at Actions: What You Can Do With the City
Taking back the Streets in TreeHugger:
Taking Back the Streets: Caravan by Kevin Van Braak
Taking Back the Streets: Cyclist Memorials
Taking Back the Streets: International Pillow Fight Day
Taking Back the Streets: P (LOT)
Taking Back the Streets: Dumpster Diving in Style