100in1Day encourages you to “intervene” with your city to make an improvement, even if it is just for one day. Take a problem, and show the City of Burlington how to fix it. Maybe that problem is that you don’t know your neighbours, or you don’t have a place to grow fresh food, or maybe you just want to add some more creativity to the city.
An urban intervention is an activity, project or installation that temporarily improves a public space and demonstrates how a community might achieve more lasting positive change. It may be led by an individual, community group, or an organization.
Projects can be practical, like planting trees or pop-up street furniture. They can be social, like hosting a block party. They can be artistic, like flash mobs or yarn bombing. They can challenge us or fix a problem. They can be as big or small as you want. All projects must be safe, legal and inclusive.
A successful urban intervention may contain any or all of the following elements
- Most importantly, it should be FUN! Keep it creative and light, think about what will make people smile when they see it.
- It makes people think differently about public space. Bring an empty space to life!
- It brings people together. Find ways for people to meet others in their community and make lasting connections.
- It makes something more beautiful. Whether it is through art or a community cleanup, an urban intervention can transform a park or neighbourhood.