Urban Prototyping Movement

Last year was the inaugural Urban Prototyping (UP) Festival, which is a Gray Area Foundation for the Arts initiative. What exactly is urban prototyping? Easy. Watch the video. Not satisfied or don’t have much time to watch the video? Okay, I’ll try to offer a simple, straightforward answer. Urban Prototyping entails gathering artists, technologists, makers, or anyone interested in creating something useful, fun, and engaging for city dwellers as well as visitors and re-imagining the urban environment. From a heart-shaped device capturing your heartbeat and turning it into a musical composition to a street planter using bio filters (yes, urine in this case) to re-purpose waste material, Urban Prototyping re-envisions urban space, landscape, and experience.

2 thoughts on “Urban Prototyping Movement

  1. The heart-shaped device reminds me of the “Sound Bottle” some students of an art university made. It records the sound track of everyday life. They put a database of sound sources in the bottle, and forms music with automatic repetitions.

    (You’ve probably seen it already because I post this stuff.) 🙂

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