People for Urban Progress (PUP) is an Indianapolis-based 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes and advances public transit, environmental awareness, and urban design. They stand for project-based urban progress.
The initial inspiration for founding PUP? “In July 2008, we (Maryanne O’Malley and Michael Bricker) wondered what would become of the iconic RCA Dome roof material once the stadium was demolished. Upon discovering that the fabric was headed to an Indiana landfill, we began working with Sabre Demolition and Shiel Sexton Powers & Sons to negotiate an alternative solution. Our proposal, and subsequent partnerships with the Indianapolis Parks Department and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, secured the preservation of 13 acres of material, nearly 90% of the total amount.”
The photograph(s) was taken and composed by Kevin Klinger as a record of a review of his Ball State University graduate studio’s work as hosted by PUP on February 11, 2011. Reviewers included: Michael Bricker (PUP co-founder and co-executive director), Wes Janz, Dick Luton, Wil Marquez, Paul Puzzello, and Donna Sink.
Santiago Cirugeda Parejo exploits gaps in administrative structures, governmental bodies’ supervisory energies, official procedures, and where the law falls short. As Benedicte Grosjean writes in ArchiLab’s Futurehouse (2002): “[Cirugeda] formulates realistic and empirical strategies to push the law to its limits and find pockets of non-law in which to develop a possible habitat.”
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The project “Insect-House: The Tick’s Stratagem” came about when Alameda Viva invited Cirugeda to support their act of resistance to the cutting down of trees by occupying those same trees in Seville. By following the fundamental premises of efficacious urban guerrilla, the activist-architect designed shelters that allow for immediate construction. The outside shell protects occupants from possible aggressors. The shelter’s bottom is usually 4.5 meters off the ground and provides storage space; the top has a sliding shell for protection. The implicit goal was to remind people that even if their voice is considerably quieted, they still can act and decide. They have a say. Beyond a mere ecological attitude concerning the protection of trees to be cut down, this is a strategy of opposition to plans directed, and often imposed, on the population and its style of urban life.
When asked in a November 2004 interview if he had ever been arrested, Cirugeda replied: “Yes, I was arrested when I was very young. I didn’t know what to do because I was very young and afraid. It is interesting when an artist wants to do an exhibit, art installation or anything else, he can get permission to do whatever he wants and to show it in the street. But as a citizen, even if you ask for permission, you don’t get it, because you are not an artist. Therefore, I work from a citizen’s point of view, because as an architect I can get the permission required for my installation. But really I want to be a citizen. I see architecture as a social art. I don’t want only to appear in architecture magazines that show architecture as beautiful images. I want to be a part of the other pages too, to understand what a city is and what a citizen is.
For more, see Cirugeda’s “urban prescriptions” website @ http://www.recetasurbanas.net/
“small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES” @ The HGA Gallery, College of Design, University of Minnesota, January 24 – March 6, 2011.
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January/February 2010. “Leftovers: Spaces, Materials, People” show curated by Wes Janz for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana. The exhibition complemented the small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES show at the Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana, February 5 – March 10, 2010.
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Americans discarded up to 40 million mattresses and box springs in 2006. About 70 percent of them wound up in landfills. For example: Minnesotans purchase 600,000 mattresses a year and send a comparable number to the landfill. With Green Springs, Azin Valy of I-Beam Design intends to help reduce landfill waste while decreasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In addition, Valy hopes to encourage the beautification of urban landscapes, using discarded bed springs to create green walls attached to existing building facades as free-standing screens or as horizontal trellises on green roofs; salvaged mattresses will reduce energy consumption by keeping the building cooler in the summer and greatly reducing the “heat island” effect.
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