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Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:30 PM Rebar hosted a 72 HOUR GATHERING AT REBAR at the studio on 20th street btw Folsom and Shotwell.

Title: 72 Hour Urban Action – Regulated Architectural Anarchy

Presented by: Architect Kerem Halbrecht, Founder of 72 Hour Urban Action



This was an informal evening of exciting knowledge sharing about temporary use of public space and urban interventions. As a part of the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, that took place in Israel September 2010, unforeseen potentials and solutions to public problematic sites was examined and reacted on by 120 progressive volunteers from 20 different countries. This was a competitive architectural festival that generated interventions in the public realm within an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space. Now this interesting and powerful impact is searching for a new city to take action in.

The evening led to a great discussion about the difficulties of creating this kind of projects. How is the process of applying for permit for this kind of project that has no concrete technical drawings or even visionary renderings? And how do you communicate it? The answer isn’t easy and will probably vary depending on the project and it’s context. Kerem Halbrecht explained that taking a determined decision and daring to go for it is crucial for making it happen. The 72 Hour Urban Action was a part of the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, and because of that no application for further fundings or grants was necessary. But convincing the Mayor Shlomi Lahiani of the success of this project was hard, and making it was a bet. You don’t know what it will end up becoming, but you do know that the desire, initiative and the power of wanting to create is there. And good qualified volunteers! It turned out that all the 10 teams made positive spin-off of their projects and the tree winning project is still active and existing in the urban realm of Bat-Yam.

Check out more at

72 Hour Urban Action Movie Trailer from 72 Hour Urban Action on Vimeo.

72 HOUR URBAN ACTION | EPISODE 01 from 72 Hour Urban Action on Vimeo.

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April 27th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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