Spontaneous Interventions

Design Actions for the Common Good
Posted by Gestalten—05/2013

Spontaneous Interventions, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at last year's Venice Biennale, now comes to the Chicago Cultural Center. Curated by Cathy Lang Ho, the exhibition is devoted to the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everday citizens who act on their own initiative in order to bring improvements to the urban realm, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public.

Cathy Lang Ho explains: “Our goal is to use the exhibition as a framework for understanding a larger movement, in which citizens all over the world are devising and implementing clever, low-barrier urban interventions to make their cities more inclusive, sustainable, pleasurable, and safer.”

As an updated version of the Venice presentation, Spontaneous Interventions now showcases 84 projects at the Chicago Cultural Center, supplementing the most recent local projects. To coincide with the exhibition, an outdoor living room will be set up at Chicago's Millenium Park, serving as outpost and venue for exhibition-related programs. The exhibition's resource room provides the visitor with further reference, including Gestalten's Urban Interventions and Going Public.

Read Cathy Lang Ho's full statement on Sponataneous Interventions and other essays.

Urban Interventions

Personal Projects in Public Spaces
Posted by Gestalten—11/2013
The first book to document the next quantum leap in artistic work now hitting public spaces.
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Going Public

Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions
Posted by Gestalten—11/2013
The creative revival of public space.
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Slinkachu

Little Big Men
Posted by Lina Kunimoto—07/2010

You never know what original trickster Slinkachu has got up his sleeve,
but chances are that it's microscopic in a big way. The London-based

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Julius von Bismarck

Public Image Unlimited
Posted by Gestalten—03/2010

Artist Julius von Bismarck reached infamy with his spectacular mass media weapon, The Image Fulgurator, but his objects, installations and urban interventions defy snappy simplification.

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Laura Keeble

For the Love of Art
Posted by Gestalten—05/2010

When Laura Keeble refers to herself as "someone who does stuff," she means a hella lot of cool stuff: spectacular urban interventions, thought-provoking public installations, and cheeky sculptures.

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Join the 2014 EyeEm Festival and Awards

Gestalten has teamed up with the 2014 EyeEm Festival and Award, the world’s biggest mobile photography award and festival.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

A Crafty Outline Stencil Sans

Designed by Martin Aleith, the new Gestalten font QUANTEN combines geometric design with calligraphic elegance. In a new interview with Aleith, we leave aside the standard questions and talk in depth about the actual design process of his new font.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

Photography for Wanderlust

A selection of photography from our recent book The Outsiders: New Outdoor Creativity to let your imagination run wild.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

An Interview with Autoban

Istanbul design studio Autoban just completed one of their biggest projects to date, the new terminal at Baku International Airport. In an interview for their Gestalten book, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar explain their approach to design.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014
Celebrating New Outdoor Creativity
Posted—05/2014

The Chamber of Curiosity on Yatzer. "A book of pioneering interior design that focuses on telling the story behind the interiors themselves (...)."

Oasis on GEO.de. "Der Bildband "Oasis" zeigt die schönsten Rückzugsorte dieser Welt (...). Allein das Blättern sorgt für eine kurze Alltagsflucht."

Berlin Wonderland on Intellectures.

Berlin Wonderland on Deutsche Welle.

The Outsiders featured in the July issue of Au Arkkitehtiuutiset.

Gestalten Pavilion recommended in tip Berlin's summer special.

Berlin Wonderland on a double-page spread in the July/August issue of Groove.

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