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Reprogramming the city

Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Exhibitions
18.06.2015-30.08.2015
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Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

Reprogramming the city

What if you could go skating on cycle paths in the winter? Or get some light therapy while waiting for the bus? Experience the city in ways you never did before.

Reprogramming the City is a global concept created by the American urban strategist Scott Burnham. The aim is to find various ways of reprogramming the city, to show how design and architecture can contribute to solving urban problems.

The exhibition features more than forty projects, all of which investigate how it is possible to “hack” the city’s design and functions. The idea comes from Scott Burnham’s conviction that the city is full of unutilised opportunities, which with imagination and initiative can be transformed into concrete solutions based on the existing environment.

Insect farm, skating rink and a billboard that produces water

The Reprogramming the City exhibition brings to life solutions to the challenges that society is facing – and will face. These creative projects include UTEC Water Billboard in Lima, Peru, where the technology uses the high level of humidity to produce drinking water in one of the world’s driest regions. The “Freezeway” project in Edmonton, Canada, which makes use of the Arctic climate and offers residents the opportunity to skate on the city’s cycle paths during the winter. And what if an urban insect farm could provide Stockholm with self-sufficient protein production? The exhibition gives you the chance to experience a specially built version of Belatchew Arkitekter’s “Buzz Building”.

Reprogramming the City is the result of a global research project, and the exhibition was previously displayed at the BSA Space Gallery, Boston, the Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond and DAC, Copenhagen.

Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.
Photo: Matti Östling. 2015.