The main idea of the Urban Interventions project was to identify certain spots, locations, and situations in the city that do not work as they should, or fail to provide the inhabitants with what they should provide. Often these are spaces that everyone seems to give up and nobody sees as possibly profitable. By these interventions, residents can learn how to improve the city in which they live.
Urban interventions are projects that nobody asked for. They all result from internal and/or professional need of their authors and residents. The need to show what does not work despite the fact that there are solutions that could make it work. But this is not just about theory, the authors would like to bring these results into practice. Reflect how this real solutions can make difference. People wonder if the interventions give them a more beautiful street to walk, if there are more trees in the city, if they can find a bench where there were no benches earlier, or if there is a new bike path they can ride on.
The project involves not just city officials but also inhabitants, architects, artists, likeable clever people and top experts. This is another way to show city officials what the next steps when forming public space could be and how inhabitants also have a greatly role in the participation regarding distribution of city.
The idea of Urban Interventions was born in 2008 in the Bratislava-based Vallo Sadovsky Architects studio of Matúš Vallo and Oliver Sadovský and for the first time, it took place in Bratislava. The originally local action changed into a project adopted in and transferred to 15 other towns in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.