Day 3: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

Hello again!
Today was the 3rd day of the urban hacking workshop with Florian Riviere, and today we hacked Strelka. It’s possibly the best place for hacking in Moscow because ‘locals’ are more than willing to play and hop along)
Today was all about Florian’s trademark hacking: urban games. After a short briefing and brainstorming, we decided to transform Strelka’s wooden amphitheater into a racing track, the bins – into “basket rings”, the concrete stair landing – into a maze, and the parking lot – into a hopscotch game.
If you do not like any of this, do not worry – we didn’t use spray paint, only chalk and multicolored duck tape, so Strelka as you know it is safe =)

The racing track turned out to be hard to climb, but you really feel like a king of the mountain in the end – see Anna’s victorious dance in the video!

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Day 2: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

Hey, folks!

It’s a small report on our second day at Voykovskaya on Florian Rivier’s workshop Urban ConQuest.

We’ve been very anxious to come back after the great fun we had on the first day when we made an “Ochko-basket” instead of a broken basketball ring. This day we renewed it by adding layers of yellow and blue tape to the paper balls. In case you are going to make your own: balls with cramped paper inside are better than just cramped tape, and fly more steadily.
We had a lot of plans for the second day, including: a pop-up art studio or trees memorials on the tree stumps near the tram tracks, the renewal of an old pool-like children’s place, using metal nets for pop-up lunch bags and get-the-ball-on-the-rubber-string-into-papercup portable game etc., but first and foremost we wanted to make a hammock.

The thing is, we found similarly useless low fence made of metal tubes in the area where many people complained about lack of sitting places. Funny sidenote: when we were asking people about their preferred outdoor games, men talked about ball games and card games, but women tended to talk only about the games their children played. To the direct question about their own preferred game activities, they replied “We grew out of it”. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it is sad nevertheless. Anyway, the lack of comfortable seats worried everybody.
For the hammock we used green fabric net from the construction site, which the workers kindly allowed us to take. Thank you again, if by any chance you are reading this=) To make a stronger frame, we used ordinary string, and wrapped the green net two or three times around the frame and the fence. We managed to get a strong and comfortable seat which literally everyone can reproduce.

 

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Neighborhood Presentation: SynchroniCITY

We still need a name and the website continues to be tweaked (feel free to add suggestions to the comments), but on Sunday July 22 we presented the idea and online platform for SynchroniCITY to residents of Troparev-Nikulino during their weekly outdoor discussion forum.

 

The web application was developed by Alexey Sidorenko from Teplitsa Social Technologies, who converted the team’s concept, design and wireframe into a functioning, online reality in just a few hours.

The tool connects the offline, low tech mailbox method of involving residents to participate in solving local problems by giving them an online space to profile issues, discuss them, and access resources for solutions.
Essentially giving people a space of resources and discussion for neighborhood DIYism.

 

Hopefully after a test run with feedback from Troparevo, the tool can start to take root in districts across the city. We also want to incorporate barter among people to connect virtual and real space.

Check out the website here: http://ngo2.ru/sync/

Day 1: Urban Hacking with Florian Riviere

After a morning of methods and ethics, the all-girl team of hacktivists led by Florian went into Voykovskiy to practice spontaneous interventions.

Finding a basketball court with no hoops, they involved a local (security guard) in a creative instance of DIY repair.

 

The goal for the rest of the workshop will be to practice urban hacking skills aimed at a neighborhood intervention that targets play; generating and hacking found materials into spaces and infrastructure for pingpong, basketball, urban games, quests etc.

 

Welcome to South Medvedkovo. Beware of Babushkas and Runners

Author: Make Make

 

Designing for Ownership – day 4: prototyping 1

On day four, the teams began working on actual prototypes for an intervention in the microrayon Yuzhnoye Medvedkovo. Two team each are taking up one main problem: lack of communication and lack of participation. In the early afternoon a group of landscape architecture students and a teacher from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, who are on a study trip to Moscow, dropped by for 2 hours to act as a kind of ‘special forces’ team that provided early feedback. Teams briefly introduced their interventions so far. Our Dutch visitors then gave some valuable feedback in the form of questions, suggestions and constructive criticism.

 

Several participants went to Yuzhnoye Medvedkovo together with Marc to test out their prototypes in the park along the Yauza river, where they want to situate their interventions. One of the signs reads “I could be your grandmother”. The plan of this team includes creating templates for people to make their own playful DIY signage in order to forge relationships between people and the park.

  

  

  

 

Installing mailboxes!

Research Map / Карта исследований

Author: Make Make


View КООП. Co-operative Urbanism in a larger map.

All the workshop locations, people’s complains and suggestions will be marked on the map: favorite spots in each district are marked in turquoise blue, complaints in red and sites for intervention are marked in yellow.

На этой карте размещаются все места проведения исследований и воркшопов, а также пожелания и жалобы жителей: любимые места отмечены голубым, жалобы красным и места предполагаемых интервенций желтым.

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