Is public space getting too privatized? The Department of Urban Betterment (DUB) thinks so — which is why the group is essentially hacking city streets by creating inflatable community spaces inside dumpsters. These “mobile learning labs” are aptly dubbed Inflato Dumpsters. DUB is raising $3,700 on Kickstarter to set up Inflato Dumpsters in New York City this fall:

For five days this fall, the temporary, dome-like structure will confront the tendency of city space to limit public exchange by serving as a large scale urban intervention in which workshops to create and explore the possibilities for smaller, targeted urban interventions will be produced and deployed from within.

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Translation? People should actually get together and hang out in public! It’s not so unlike the idea of Sit-able Cities — although I’m not sure how many people will get excited about chilling inside a dumpster. At least not until you see this mockup, which looks more like the inside of a stretch limo than a trash can:


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The 8-by-22-foot space will host workshops, and feature collaborations with film, dance, and community groups, says Joaquin Reyes, a partner in the project.

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Participants will learn, for instance, how to make solar-powered air-quality-monitoring sensors, or LEDs “that can respond to sound or motion.”

Pretty cool. It’s like Park(ing) Day, but smellier!

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