Student Project of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
The city as Wikipedia

Micro-interventions in the heart of Moscow

Substitution of terms
With rapid growth in popularity of computers and internet, people dragged a lot of real-life principles into digital reality. As a result, we have a "desktop" with folders and bins, and just like in real life we turn pages on our tablets. What if we try it the other way around? Let's look at the real life through a system operating in the internet.

We've asked ourselves the question – could we find out something new while looking at the city as if it were Wikipedia?
On the streets there should be links to information sources and supposedly doubtful quotes.
The city as Wikipedia
The ground-breaking approach in the city would be that open society is able to create a quality city based on the neutral opinion.
The city as Wikipedia
The city works by reaching consensus through polite discussions and negotiations.
The city as Wikipedia

Intervention in the city
The next step would be the experiment in the city. Our team has decided to "test" the city with Wiki intervention. We've selected the main Wikipedia features such as articles and ability to edit and tried to implement them into the city space.
Articles from Wikipedia
We've decided to emphasize on the places with edit wars so we've chosen parking posts, which are constantly being changed. We've printed the Wikipedia article about poles and replaced the original image with an image of a hole in the asphalt where a pole used to be. Then we
stuck the articles to the places with a missing parking poles.
Introduction of changes
The most popular line on Wikipedia that exists on every page is 'edit' or 'edit wiki text'. We took this line and put it on the objects that became obsolete and needed a change, for example on a call-box.
Wikipedia principles
We took the most distinguishing rules of Wikipedia and changed them by replacing the words "Wikipedia" with "City", "articles" with "streets" and placed them on the objects with recent edits, e.g. a building next to Kropotkinskaya metro station that is being constantly repainted because of new graffiti.

Reactions of people
Peoples' reactions are the most interesting part of an experiment because you can easily see how new objects change peoples' behaviour. They change their routes, slow down, stop and look for "hints", exchange glances with each other.

Thanks to experts and STRELKA students for feedback and help.
Thanks to our tutors and curators Andrey Manirko, Eugenia Pospelova, Fedor Novikov and Pierluigi Dalla Rosa.
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