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Urban Play: The New Creative City

November 23, 2007
by Canadian Architect

As part of the Journe Grafika conference in Montreal, a lecture by Scott Burnham, Creative Director of La Biennale de Montral 2009, will be given on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007, at 11:15 am at Ex-Centris, located at 3536 boulevard Saint-Laurent.

Burnham believes that the richest areas of design innovation and inspiration are currently found in the margins of the city. From the emerging 3D graffiti scene in which the city itself becomes the source material for guerrilla design, to open source technologies and techniques that turn the city into a testbed for experimentation, the ongoing physical dialogue taking place in the city is turning its streets into labs for new realms of creativity.

Drawing on personal research and lectures presented throughout Europe and China, he will give an overview of the latest activities in urban intervention and guerrilla design and explore how they are customizing our cities and offering fresh perspectives on design and public participation in the design process. He will also describe how his experience working outside of traditional creative channels is influencing his redefinition of a biennale, as Creative Director of La Biennale de Montral 2009.

A brief preview will also be presented of Urban Play, a project he is developing with Droog Design, Amsterdam, which believes that street-level inventiveness, energy and innovation is the future of creativity in the city. Aaron Betsky, design critic and Director Cincinnati Art Museum, comments that Urban Play is the most promising experiment, not in urban design, but in designing the urban I have seen so far.

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