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72 Hour Urban Action 2019
May 2 - May 5
From the website:
72 Hour Urban Action is the world’s first real-time architectural competition where international teams design, build, sleep and party together to generate public interventions in a limited space within a short time and on a tight budget.
It is a tool for resetting our perceptions of public space. This tool, taking the form of a design festival, has been intervening in different communities since 2010, working hands-on with local partners from the bottom up.
72HUA exposes local issues and offers alternative ideas quickly by bringing experts and amateurs to work in microsites – those neglected pockets of urban space full of potential that are too small to officially develop but are too big for residents to ignore.
The festival team has been conducting research and hosting workshops with partners in Jena-Lobeda since 2018, setting up a network of local organizations and looking closely at the use of public spaces in the district. These actors help us understand and know Lobeda from within, map and collect the wishes and needs of the district and prepare the ground for the international teams to come and work on site. Ten sites are selected and analyzed through this collective process and ten missions set the challenges for the teams to respond to. The missions are decided by luck. No one knows which team gets which site until we start the clock.