ON APRIL 29, 2016 FROM 16:00 TO 18:00 IN SARKANDAUGAVA CENTER, BY THE BUILDING IN SARKANDAUGAVA STREET 2 THERE WAS A POP-UP ACTION “URBAN INTERVENTION”
Sarkandaugava 28th high school students created four different urban interventions during the event. Some of the urban objects – trees, a pedestrian walk, clock, benches – were creatively converted, thus temporarily altering the environment. The interventions were invented, designed and installed by the pupils.
One of the interventions was a living room, set up during the campaign – a room to relax, to spend time, talk, discuss and play games. “Urban public open space is our common living room, and we all are jointly responsible for how organized and cosy it is, whether it is pleasant and interesting to stay for ourselves and visitors, “said Sarkandaugava Development Association manager Alija Turlaja and continued “Students were working in the living room and everyone had a chance to think – what is our outdoor space like, do we perceive it as part of our living space and if we can and want to change it? “
Public space at Sarkandaugava and Tilta Street intersection is one of the central points of the neighbourhood, walked through daily by many neighbourhood residents and visitors. It is an obsolete, not particularly attractive place. Urban intervention expressed the local youth’s response to the environment, and the happenings within it. that was a communication with the neighborhood, its people.
Urban intervention is part of a broader neighbourhood planning project, which will engage young people of Sarkandaugava in exploring their school and its neighbourhood this year. During the project Sarkandaugava will turn into a city laboratory, initiated by the young people themselves.