Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good


Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, is the official U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012) will travel to Chicago in May 2013. New projects are currently being sought which are urban interventions realised in U.S. cities in the past two years, with an emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest.
Architects, designers, planners, artists and citizens are encouraged to submit PDFs of their projects by midnight (EST) Wednesday, March 6 to be considered for inclusion in the Chicago exhibition. The project criteria are:

1 Initiated by the architect/artist/planner/landscape architect/hacker/activist/ citizen (in other words, no one asked for it), OR was initiated by an alternative client, for example, a non-profit or a community group
2 Publicly accessible and serves the common good
3 Improves a problematic condition (solves a problem by making a place more accessible, inclusive, sustainable, beautiful, etc.)
4 Located in an urban context or tackles urban issues
5 Participatory in nature, or open access, and serves an underserved or overlooked constituency
6 Realized, deployed, in action or use (not theoretical)
7 May be a physical intervention in an urban context, or an information, communication or digital project that improves people’s comprehension, navigation and access to a city.



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