StreeTALK: what is your dream city?
StreeTALK: What is your dream city? is a community co-creation, a participatory installation of passersby commentaries and drawings on the future of the city. A street corner is restaged as a space of convergence for Palo Alto citizens, workers, and visitors.
StreeTALK key concerns were introduced in a panel organized by the Institute For The Future. In part inspired by the research-oriented philosophy of IFTF, StreeTALK is also a design experiment in which we are exploring the dynamics of creative control. In both city planning and individual creations, we enter into a set of relationships where the contextual demands are often too great to allow the free flow of solutions. Cities can be as inherently dysfunctional as they appear extraordinary.
Framed by a basic set of rules, passersby are invited to address a simple prompt. The ensuing responses become a conversation rooted in the intersection of thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions. Our Palo Alto street corner turns into a lively universal agora. The final piece will stand as an information tree and surely an unpredictable collective artwork in its own right.
Today more than ever, merging walls, people and play is an invitation for our imagination to further revitalize the urban fabric and make it more organic.
project website: »streetalk.space
StreeTALK won an Americans for the Arts National Recognition award as part of the Public Art Network Year in Review, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art of 2017.