Gotta love a city that surprises you. Taking its typical elements and reconstructing them in new, fun and socially aware ways has been the weapon of choice of many urban interventionists who managed to inject a dose of playfulness and provocation in the urban scenery.  Some of them have done a great job in making a point on social and political issues and serve as an inspiration to citizens to participate in reshaping their environment. And do urbanism themselves. People meet in architecture.

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

J. Mayer H. Architects: Metropol Parasol

J. Mayer H. Architects: Metropol Parasolimage: J. Mayer H. Architects

OAB Ferrater & Associates: Seaside Promenade of the Playa Poniente

OAB Ferrater & Associates: Seaside Promenade of the Playa Ponienteimage: www.publicspace.org

BIG + JDS: Maritime Youth House

BIG + JDS: Maritime Youth Houseimage: BIG + JDS

Selgas Cano: Factoria Joven

Selgas Cano: Factoria Jovenimage: Roland Halbe

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design/Weiping Shao: Un-Forbidden City

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design/Weiping Shao: Un-Forbidden Cityimage: Weiping Shao

Collectif Etc: Place au Changement Public Plaza

Collectif Etc: Place au Changement Public Plazaimage: Collectif Etc

Studio Weave: The Longest Bench

Studio Weave: The Longest Benchimage: David Barbour

 

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT: Diagonal Mar Park

EMBT: Diagonal Mar Parkimage: Jason Goecke

Field Operations: The High Line

Field Operations: The High Lineimage:  Iwan Baan

Ecosistema Urbano: Eco-Boulevard in Vallecas

Ecosistema Urbano: Eco-Boulevard in Vallecasimage: Emilio P. Doiztua, Roland Halbe