72 Hour Urban Action is the world’s first real-time architecture competition, where 10 international teams have 3 days and 3 nights to design and build projects in public space in response to local needs. The teams design, build, sleep and party on site to generate interventions in public space within an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space. 72 Hour Urban Action invites professionals and residents to become active agents of change, from the bottom-up, and to leave a lasting impact on the urban landscape.
A similar 72 Hour Urban Action took place in September 2010 as part of the Bat-Yam Biennale Landscape Urbanism. The Bat-Yam Biennale is a unique civic action model that encourages activist action in public space in collaboration with the local authorities.72 HUA seeks ways to provide space for experimentation in public space, to involve alternative players in the creative process of urban design and to bridge the gap between planning and construction.
Further 72 Hour Competitions: http://www.72hoururbanaction.com/#!72-cities/c13tl
In summer 2014, for the first time in the history of the Ruhr Area in Germany and for the first time in history in general, one city will become the home of a cultural experiment transferring architecture and urban interventions into the realm of game design and vice versa. Gameful Architecture can change the scale, feel and use of a public space. Gameful architecture questions the difference between a ‘serious’ use and a ‘game’? Should cities separate these forms of use? Or should they teach a responsible, accountable, open way to play with the urban landscape?