Posted by: Natalie Ethier | June 14, 2010

Urban Interventions

Urban Interventions will be a topic of discussion at the next Pedestrian Issues Working Group Meeting on Tuesday June 15th, 6:30pm @ Our Town Cafe (Main & Kingsway).  If you can’t make it, you can send your ideas to natalie [at]

So what are Urban Interventions?  They are a form of art that ranges from small, almost imperceptible transformations to large scale installations that temporarily alter a streetscape or public space.  Whether done in celebration, protest or critique, urban interventions present an opportunity to change a space, make a statement, and indirectly engage passersby to reconsider how we use public space and move through our neighbourhoods and cities.

The whimsical and unexpected can encourage social interactions between strangers, or simply bring a smile to someone’s face!  At the very least these interventions should make you consider the simpler things you may overlook regularly, awakening your perception and curiosity about the smaller details of your everyday experience.

tiny interventionsBIG interventionsInterventions of all sizes

And sometimes these things are purely coincidental!

(see the full post on walking, wandering, dreaming)

– By Natalie Ethier


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