OPEN-SOURCE INTERCONNECTED WORLD | DPR-barcelona
“As a technological practice of innovation, Open Source has not quite been about cities, but about the technology. Yet it resonates with what cities have and are at ground-level, where its users are. The park is made not only with the hardware of trees and ponds, but also with the software of people’s practices. How can we forget the turnaround of New York’s Riverside Park from being a no-go zone to being a park for all those who wanted to use it in part because dog-owners started to walk their dogs in large numbers. Having a dog was itself a function of feeling insecure in a city of high murder rates and much mugging. But the city allowed people to talk back: get a dog, walk your dog, go in groups, and you recover the territory of the park. The proliferation of farmers’ markets was also not a top-down decision. It resulted from a mix of conditions, primarily the desire of city residents to have access to fresh produce. Here we see that a thousand individual decisions created a possibility for viable farmers markets.
There is much work to be done. Recovering the incompleteness of cities means recovering a space where the work of open sourcing the urban can thrive. Developing an urban Wikileaks would take cities in a very different direction from the intelligent city model—and for the better.”
TEXT: Sassen, Saskia. “Open-Source Urbanism”. Op-ed Domus. June 2011 | http://www.domusweb.it/en/op-ed/open-source-urbanism/ [accessed January 16th 2012] / IMAGE: Superstudio. “Supersurface: An Alternate Model of Life on Earth”. Still from the film with the same name, produced for the exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape”, MoMA 1972.
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