Urban Prototyping is a festival featuring innovative interventions that explore ways in which designers, artists, architects can improve cities. The first two urban prototyping festivals were held in Chicago and Singapore, and are quite inspired by the tactical urbanism exhibition. The projects selected are mostly small and often temporary interventions in public space, which seek to draw the attention on an specific city issue. The idea, however, is to promote a long term public discussion over the issues addressed by the participants.
To take the most advantage of the temporary format of the festivals, the projects showcased are not definitive solutions, but prototypes that point out one possible direction. The festival is used to test and experiment with new concepts and ideas for the urban spaces, which could be further developed once their potential is discovered. In this way the inspiration for some long-term solutions can be highlighted in the restricted time-frame of a festival.
The festivals also provide an opportunity to establish a dialog about the possible directions that the projects itself might take. Through the exhibition of prototypes, a dialog can be created between citizens, officials and the creative professionals. The idea is to create opportunities to expand some of the prototypes and turn them into permanent projects.
I just wanna hold your hand.
I just wanna hold your hand is an installation that invites the people to interact with each other. The team installed two metal hands on a wall. When two or more individuals touch both hands at the same time, they trigger audio-visuals reactions. The amount of responses is influenced by the amount of individuals taking part.
Cityplay is a proposal to turn normal sidewalks into playgrounds. The dynamic of the game is rather simple: the pedestrians are asked to memorize and repeat patterns showed by the game. In this way the project breaks the monotony of the urban spaces, engage interactions between strangers, and enrich the spatial experience of the pedestrians.
The project seems to continue its development after the urban prototyping exhibition and the team behind the project has published some instructions to make your own version.