Urban Hacktivist Fills French Streets With Creative Interventions [Pics]

Urban Hacktivist Fills French Streets With Creative Interventions [Pics]
Arts & Culture

Florian Rivière reimagines public space in Strasbourg by putting hurdles on the sidewalks and crafting back rests for benches.

Emma Hutchings
  • 4 april 2012

Florian Rivière is an “urban hacktivist” who creates fun interactions with public spaces. His hacks aim to show the functionality of the landscape and encourage direct action from people.

Inspired by the hacker culture, he reinvests and diverts public space to allow citizens to reclaim their environment. His interventions, located between urban design “Do It Yourself” and upcycling (upgrading waste), have the particularity to be spontaneous and raw, exclusively made with objects found in the street, and always with humor.

His latest urban hacks in Strasbourg, France include placing hurdles on sidewalks, making pigeon traps with baguettes, crafting back rests for benches out of discarded pallets, adding bottle openers to parking payment machines, and putting basketball hoops on signposts. Click through to see photos of his attempts to turn the city into a more enjoyable environment:

Florian Rivière

+Environmental / Green
+fitness / sport
+public spaces
+urban design

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