Quick ‘n’ Cheap Architecture: Ephemeral Urban Micro-Interventions

In this workshop seminar, students qualitatively researched Iberian urban public space typologies through a series of ephemeral micro-interventions. The interventions were not allowed to require more than 20 minutes to be assembled, documented, and disassembled; could not cost more than €10 in materials; were not allowed to hinder or block the use of public space; and no traces whatsoever were to be left behind after disassembly. Works could be documented using photography and/or video. The micro-interventions had to achieve maximum impact using minimum means, i.e. minimum assembly and materials. “The quicker ‘n’ cheaper, the better.”

Amber Salach: air vent in sidewalk used to create a space of ‘free admission’ at Plaça de Catalunya
Jayant Gupta: pavement geometries of Spanish plazas inform the placement of bird food.
James Rice: pavement texture highlighted by spilled milk.
Erik Fung: urban street lighting color changed using plastic shopping bags.
Amanda Gilbert: the shadows of street furnishings and buildings informed placement of baking flour

Clark Kim: draught at Madrid Sol metro station entrance was used to fly a kite.

Steve Culver: water from Barcelona public fountains ‘painted’ onto paving stones with mop.
Vanessa Worrell
Vanessa Worrell: public statues ‘detourned’ into pickpockets.

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