More Ladders

I’ve been searching to see if anyone has done anything closer to my proposal of flaneuristic ladders in the streets than Yoko Ono.  Not too much is coming up….  Below I’ve listed the more “successful” ladder queries.

Search Query: “Ladder in the street”

These two are not afraid to take their ladder out in public, but I think they’re just en route to something tall.  (Clearly what the little guy  needed to reach has already been reached).

A very cool street performer.  Completely stationary for long periods of time balanced on a ladder with a piece of framing on your shoulder… nothing to sneeze at, certainly, but still not the interactive and flanueristic idea.

Search Query: “Ladder sitting”

Mostly people seem to sit on ladders only when they’re stumped about paint swatches or wallpaper peeling.  But all of those have clear watermarks on them, so are not pictured above.  I have, by the way, done the lazy sourcing job of linking back to the source with a click on each photo.

Challenges to the Ladders in Chicago Movement stand thus:

  1. I do not own any ladders.
  2. Am I able to assure someone lending me a ladder that it will not be stolen?  I presume that I will be observing at an inconspicuous distance, but I’m hardly intimidating to someone(s) who can carry a ladder.
  3. Should the first two be adequately met, how should one avoid being sued?  Or having the city lawfully steal/confiscate the ladder(s)?
  4. Least of the worries, but where should they be?  In ‘rented’ parking spaces a la Rebar, or in or out of the way of pedestrian traffic?

A thought struck me while I was standing on a ladder today at the Graham Resource Center (moving chairs, not paint swatches).  I noticed that the ladder that lives in the library actually belongs to the shop, and I recalled that the shop has a whole hoard that are generally chained up, much like bicycles.  Why not chain up a bicycle at bicycle racks around the city?  Maybe I’d even leave it folded on the ground but with enough slack to be stood up.

Honestly, officer, I just needed a place to park my ladder while I stepped into Star$s for some coffee!


Google Maps Street View

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.
Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can — using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

A Bright Idea

Came across this from a link on my facebook.  Pretty neat, and proof that you do not need a lot of resources to improve peoples’ lives, especially when you are living in an area that is not heavily regulated.

And don’t worry, it’s mostly pictures, not text-heavy.  Enjoy.

Bee hives on city rooftops

“Roofs,” Lehner said, “are the great underutilized resource in New York City.”

Chucker Branch and Christine Lehner Keep Bees on the Roof of the Whitney Museum : The New Yorker

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The bees are too small to see in this image but I promise they are there. -Lindsay Banks photo

Social Network System

There are  a lot of public spaces that people can spend their time freely.

However, because of SNS like Twitter and Facebook, sometimes the function of the spaces is uncleared.

Although there are few users compared with entire country, they believe their opinion is always correct so they abet people to draw to their part.


Design seoul

1. Public idea

2. Get what people want

3. Respond them


There was a movement to re-design Seoul.

Seoul city hall tried to make the city better responding what citizen want.

However, the project was not successful. because of low participant of people.

Most of them were not experts and  some opinions conflict.


Urban performance based off of Wii and other types of interactive gaming.

Check this out! It is basically my proposal and I hope they actually get it to work!


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