News: Participation Park featured in Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale
Participation Park is an ongoing public art project and activist initiative started in 2007, based on converting a vacant lot in East Baltimore into an urban farm and social space. Against the increasing privatization of public spaces in the city and the top-down forms of urban planning that design them, we are squatting the land and working together to produce a space that responds to our collective needs and desires. Inspired by movements to ‘reclaim the commons’ and demand a ‘right to the city,’ the park is an experiment in democratic spatial practice, inviting everyone who participates in the use of the space to engage in the political process of shaping it.