Organised as a new public water circuit within the city of Guimarães, Fountain Hacks is a ready-made strategy of low cost playful interventions that will make the city a better place to live.
By leveraging the fact that our cities are full of every day spatial experiences that typically go unnoticed, we decided to call attention to these spaces with the simple addition of some everyday objects. In this way we were able to transform these areas from forgotten spaces, into usable public domain, ultimately asking citizens to redefine their relationship to the city and question social stigmas that might interfere with new/old ways of urban occupation.
As guerrilla actions, our project does not have the pretension to last, but it has the power to change preconceived notions of spaces during its short lifetime. Our performance architecture is also about memories; it is about living in the moment and appreciating its uniqueness.
Design team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, Ricardo Dourado
Location: Guimarães, Portugal
Date: June – August 2012
Client: Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012
Type: Performance Architecture Competition 1st PRIZE
Main materials: Beach and swimming pool furniture and toys
Photography: Andreia Garcia © | Dinis Sottomayor © | Francisca Sottomayor ©