If you had just 24 hours to impact your city, what would you do?
The 24-Hour City Project is an ongoing experiment to hack the city and explore the intersection and tensions of technology and the built environment. In partnership with my conspirators: Danny Harris, Julia Klieber, Rob Bole and Scott Kratz, we bring together artists, technologists, architects, data analysts, policy makers, journalists and more, with the aim to actively demonstrate how technology, imagination, and innovation can impact our future cities.
The 24 Hour City Project was born out of discussions with delegates for the Intelligent Cities Initiative with the National Building Museum. The first iteration of the project was held on in Washington DC, on June 5, 2011. The event was hosted by the National Building Museum in conjunction with the Intelligent Cities Summit, IBM and the Rockefeller Foundation, and sponsored by iStrategyLabs and The Fab Lab.
Three interdisciplinary teams were each awarded $250 grants to create temporary physical and digital exhibitions to visualize the intersection of data, arts, and technology with the built environment.
The three projects were for the June event were:
The second iteration of the 24 Hour City Project was run as part of Digital Capital Week in November 2011. This time, 4 teams were each awarded grants of $1000 dollars to create interactive installations for the DCWEEK closing party. The four projects were:
- Party Peeple – part performance, part interactive dating ap, Party Peeple uses the social data of the audience to inform the narrative
- Play It Forward – A motion sensitive sculpture that makes micro-donations to charity based on the levels of movement around it
- Digital Tin-Can Telephones – Hacking tin can telephones to include recording and playback devices to connect divided parts of the city with location based storytelling
- The Re-Cycle – a city wide spectacle – a bike parade comprised of recycled bike parts and musical floats, documented by DIY community mapping techniques
More on the 24 Hour City project: