actions: what you can do with the city
dec 18, 2008
actions: what you can do with the city

‘actions: what you can do with the city’, installation view at the CCA
© CCA, montréal

‘actions: what you can do with the city’

the canadian centre for architecture (cca), montréal, canada
november 26, 2008 – april 19, 2009

‘actions: what you can do with the city’ is the latest exhibition at the canadian centre for architecture.
the exhibit focuses on 97 ‘actions’, that challenge people to think differently about how to walk, play,
recycle, and garden in order to reshape the city. these experimental interactions with the city
demonstrate an individual’s power to instigate positive change and encourage other to participate.
the range of actions presented spans the gamet from skating and parkour to dumpster diving and
urban foraging. the exhibit features contemporary architectural projects, design concepts and
research conveyed through a range of materials including architectural drawings, photographs,
videos, publications, artifacts and websites. a catalogue that features 30 essays and 34 specific
actions accompanies the exhibit and is pictured below.

parkour montréal, 2007
© rachel granofsky

archisuit, los angeles, 2005
© sarah ross

high line series, 2000
collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture collection, montréal. © joel sternfeld

football field 1. maider lópez. sharjah art museum, arab emirates, 2007.
© maider lópez.

victory garden trike and gardener, january 2007
© amy franceschini

‘actions: what you can do with the city’ exhibition catalogue

‘actions: what you can do with the city’ exhibition catalogue

‘actions: what you can do with the city’ exhibition catalogue

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