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Spontaneous Interventions

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Spontaneous Interventions“, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, represents a spirited movement for improving cities through DIY innovation and playful direct action. Walking through Venice’s tree-shaded Giardini during the preview, the first thing I saw as I approached the American pavilion was a huge projection of my face framed by the Palladian building’s central entry way. I couldn’t help but laugh – how did my work as a radically pedestrian, New Public Sites tour guide end up here, in Venice, as one of many incredible projects representing of the United States?  The dérive will always take us to unexpected places…

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Names vs The Nothing

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99% Invisible premieres episode on New Public Sites

A “tiny” radio show about design and architecture
explores the Neverending Story of naming
invisible sites in everyday public space.

Click here to listen to, “Names vs The Nothing”, 99% Invisible‘s latest story by
producer Sam Greenspan featuring Graham Coreil-Allen on New Public Sites.

Just beyond east Baltimore’s resounding I-95 – O’Donnell Street overpass lies a sprawling estate of weathered travel centers, including an unexpectedly beautiful grassy hill turned Elightened Elevation that serves as an unglamorous gateway for Baltimore’s Chinatown bus travelers. 99% Invisible radio show producer Sam Greenspan and I recently rode our bikes to this marginal zone and explored some of its invisbile sites and overlooked features. Created with help from the show’s host Roman Mars, “Names vs The Nothing” uses the storyline from 1984 epic fantasty film, The Neverending Story as a metaphor for the New Public Sites investigation. Go to to listen to the episode online, download the mp3 and subscribe to the podcast with iTunes.

If you like 99% Invisible and want to hear more independently produced public radio, please considering donating the the 99% Invisible Kickstarter. The campaign only has three days left to reach its goal of 5000 supporters!

99% Invisible Karaoke Jam & Listening Party

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99% Invisible Karaoke Jam & New Public Sites Listening Party

Metro Gallery / 1700 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Saturday, July 28. Doors: 8pm. Show: 9pm followed by karaoke

99% Invisible, an award-winning radio show about architecture and design, wants you to sing along with the launch their third season. Hear the world premiere of a new episode, “Names vs. the Nothing,” featuring a New Public Sites tour of the Baltimore Travel Plaza, chat with San Francisco-based host Roman Mars (via Skype), and belt out your favorite karaoke tunes into the wee hours. Curated by 99% Invisible producer Sam Greenspan. Karaoke Jockeyed by Graham Coreil-Allen.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Donations to the 99% Invisible Kickstarter campaign are suggested. Facebook event page here. View the full event poster here.