Reprogramming the City: THE BOOK

The finish line is within sight for the Reprogramming the City book! Written and curated by Reprogramming the City creator and director Scott Burnham and designed by Samantha Altieri, the book will feature the most innovative projects from the five Reprogramming the City exhibitions to date, along with a curated…

Sidewalk Tiles Reimagined to Mitigate Climate Change

Project: Klima Flise (Climate Tile) City: Copenhagen, Denmark Created By: Third Nature New York is covered by over 20,000 kilometers of sidewalk; Los Angeles: 17,300 kilometers; Seattle: 3,700 kilometers; Copenhagen: 700 kilometers. Specific measurements change with each city, but collectively they all add up to the fact that there is…

City Busses Repurposed as Mobile Hygiene Stations

Project: Lava Mae Mobile Hygiene Service City: San Francisco, USA Created By: Lava Mae Lava Mae began with a noble goal: to restore dignity to those moving through homelessness by providing them with showers and sanitation. By converting city public transportation buses into mobile shower units with toilets, the organization…

Reprogramming Bus Stops to Improve Mental Health

Project: Ljusterapi (Light Therapy) City: Umeå, Sweden Created By: Umeå Energi In the middle of winter, the city of Umeå, Sweden, gets less than 60 minutes of sun a day. “If,” a resident notes, “the sun shines at all.” Lack of natural daylight can have a serious impact on an…

Reusing Traffic Roundabouts for Future Food Production

Project: BuzzBuilding City: Stockholm, Sweden Created By: Belatchew Arkitekter As its population nears one million, Stockholm will soon face a challenge common to rapidly growing urban areas – how to feed an expanding population using limited land and resources. Belatchew Arkitekter has developed a concept to make Stockholm self-sufficient in…

Motorway Bridge Repurposed for Energy and Future Food Production

Project: Culture Urbaine Genève City: Geneva, Switzerland Created By: The Cloud Collective Carbon-absorbing, oxygen-producing, air-cleaning, an alternative energy source, an ecological beauty aid, a vitamin-rich power food: these are not words normally associated with a highway bridge. Yet with the addition of a system containing clear tubes, a pump system…

Converting Disused Phone Booths into EV Charging Stations

Project: A1 Charging Booth City: Vienna, Austria Created By: Telekom Austria Somewhere in the offices of Telekom Austria, two charts were displayed with lines moving in different directions. One showed the steep decline of people using their 13,500 phone booths. The other showed the rapid increase of people using electric…

Transforming a Billboard to Generate Clean Drinking Water

Project: Water Billboard City: Lima, Peru Created By: FCB Mayo/UTEC A cruel contradiction exists in Lima, Peru. The second driest city in the world after Cairo, Lima sits on Peru’s coastal desert, making clean drinking water scarce. Many residents have to rely on small wells that are “not nice, and…

The Power of “This Could Be…”

During recent talks in Oslo and Malmö, I’ve been showing how a simple shift in thinking can open awareness and generate new possibilities. My goal in that specific part of the presentation is to get audiences to expand their thinking about how existing urban assets could be used in different ways, but…

Reprogramming Parking Meters for Additional Benefit

Project: City Tickets City: Boston, USA Created By: Mayo Nissen, with thanks to JD Hollis and Brian Del Vecchio Parking meters are the latest urban structures to go the way of payphone and newspaper boxes. The coin-operated ones were the first to go, replaced by the efficiency of multi-space meters.…