I think we could do a series of flash mobs during CFD 2007 where people
would go to a specific place and set up a park, a playground, a beach, a
living room, etc. It may need some logistics, but it's not very difficult
when there's lots of people willing to help. It would renovate carfree days
to a certain extent and maybe it could generate greater awareness of the
many uses public space (and specifically streets) could have. Space
Hijackers in London have really done a lot in this respect as well.
Carlos F. Pardo
ps: basic info about flashmobs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_mob
"In modern usage, flash mob describes a group of people who assemble
suddenly in a public place, do something unusual for a brief period of time,
and then quickly disperse. They are usually organized with the help of the
Internet or other digital communications networks."
Behalf Of Eric Britton
Sent: 02 December 2006 05:47 PM
Subject: [LotsLessCars] Light-Free, Car-Free Day - Idea Factory
With enormous respect to Martin Cassini and those who believe that human
nature and civil behaviour alone is going to do the trick, I would like to
add the following small variant for an eventual Light-Free, Car-Free Day in
your city. But first a caveat:
The very nature of the car is that it makes one impatient, and speed is a
natural, inevitable, almost universal expression of this impatience. In all
of us I am afraid, even those of us who stop and smile when a pedestrian is
waiting to cross. It is, irrevocably, the nature, the pathology of the
beast (th! e beast by the way in this case being that particular combination
of man and machine - the roaring centaur of the 20th century)
So, what to do in those places in 2007 where they decide to turn off the
traffic lights for the day and have a go at this interesting idea?
Bear in mind that - in our skeptical version of this at any rate - the one
thing that is needed to slow people down is to remove as many of those long
straight lines that usually they have to run in. What we need to do is to
make it physically impossible for them to speed. At least at the learning
So at every intersection on this one day, just before the lights go off,
someone smart puts in an agreed obstacle, a large visible obstacle that
everyone, every driver can see and be obliged to slow down for and creep
Now this might for example be one or two parked cars in the middle of the
intersection - a sort of improved roundabout.
Even better perhaps if we can do something around whatever is the large
visible object we pop there. For example turn it into a bit of convivial
public space. Maybe with a couple of potted plants. An all day poetry
reading from a chair and media link. Maybe a get up like the following from
the terrific Rebar group --
-- but this time in
the middle of the intersection.
Anyway, you get the idea.
Anybody ready to run with this?
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