Owen Griffiths, Artist

CYBER REALITIES AND INFORMATION SHARING CREATE VIRTUAL COMMONS AND SPACES OF INTERACTION SO HOW DO WE DESIGN NEW PHYSICAL PUBLIC SPACES?

‘The Lure of the Local is the pull of place that operates on all of us, exposing our politics and our spiritual legacies. It is the geographical component of the psychological need to belong somewhere, one antidote to a prevailing alienation’ – Lucy Lippard

The city changes quicker than the human heart’ – Baudelaire

Now it’s the digital or cyber world that changes quicker. So how do second cities, towns and smaller urban spaces become successful people lead spaces or commons? How can they be leaders or inspiring environments to be in? Cyber realities and information sharing create virtual commons and spaces of interaction so how do we design new physical public spaces, new buildings or social / shared housing for the future? What roles do the slow movements of greening, gardening have and what about the importance and need for spaces to play, protest and picnic?

These aren’t esoteric questions but a design brief to challenge continual alienation, of bad planning, of privatisation, exploring the vernacular and responding to the collective.

IMAGES: Owen Griffiths and CIVIC Curator Bella Kerr visiting Walter Segal Close in Lewisham; ‘Guerilla Gardening’ and seed bomb workshops; Kilvey Hill walk with Catrin Saran; Owen Griffiths exhibition install and making roadside ‘CIVIC’ pizzas at the exhibition opening.