Reprogramming The City is a global overview of ways in which existing urban structures, surfaces and systems are being re-imagined, re-purposed and re-invented to do more in the city. Created by urban strategist Scott Burnham FRSA, the initiative is a catalyst of ideas showing how cities can do more with the infrastructure, assets, and systems they already have.
The latest version of Reprogramming the City is currently being developed for the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo, Norway. Previous versions of Reprogramming the City have been created for Arkdes, Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, and the Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space Gallery.
Each Reprogramming the City project is created specifically for the host city and region. It is part catalyst and idea lab for new projects, and an exhibition of some of the best ideas being prototyped around the world.
The exhibition is an illustration of Burnham’s belief that the city holds a vast amount of untapped ability. The structures, surfaces, objects and systems that underpin its daily operations have the potential to do more, to perform an alternate function, or assume an entirely new role in the mechanism of the city. Reprogramming the City re-contextualizes the hardware of the city as a platform of opportunity – infrastructure not as the end result of a previous creative process, but the beginning of a new one.
About Scott Burnham
Scott Burnham is an urban strategist and design director who has engineered initiatives in more than a dozen cities worldwide, ranging from short term engagements and advisories to directing large urban regeneration catalysts. After 16 years working and living in seven different cities and five countries, Reprogramming The City marked Burnham’s return to Boston. More information can be found on his website here.