Join your community in transforming your city through hundreds of urban interventions in public spaces around the country all on one day.
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100In1Day Canada inspires residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions to transform their city all on one day.
But the impact of 100In1Day Canada extends beyond June. It inspires people to act and even support policy change, innovation and transformation in their cities by scaling of temporary actions into longstanding projects.
100In1Day was started in 2012 by a group of design students in Bogotá, Colombia who intended to launch six urban interventions that would maximize the potential of their city.
Over beers they decided to be more ambitious and launch 100 urban interventions that would take place in one day.
On May 26, 2012, over 250 urban interventions took place in Bogotá, and a phenomenon was born. It has since spread to over 31 cities around the world.
See what happened in previous years.
In Halifax—12 red swings were installed around the city to be enjoyed by all. The project has become somewhat of a staple in Halifax, and sparked a Twitter campaign (#redswing) when it was suggested that the swings might be removed.Read more
In Toronto—Marc did a live installation of a rain garden. The project grew from his desire to convert his front yard into a rain garden, designed to absorb and store rainwater, keeping it away from his basement.Read more
In Ottawa — Artist collective BLINK hosted Public Living Room project, which saw the installation of a living room set up just off a busy intersection in the city’s downtown. Passersby were invited to have a seat around the table to share in, or initiate, conversations about art, the neighbourhood and Ottawa.
In Vancouver—Chris Hyndman invited the community to jam out with art.
It included live painting demonstrations, sidewalk chalk art, sketching tables, face painting and more.
In Halifax—A group of concerned residents replicated Donna Hiebert ‘s The Wave sculpture and produced one instead made entirely out of marine waste collected from the Halifax waterfront.Read more
In Ottawa — A group of neighbours came together to host Neighbourhood Play to encourage more people to get into the local public park to play games and socialize under the trees. The idea was to demonstrate various uses of the park as a welcoming place within the community for neighbours of all ages to meet.
In Toronto—Camden Collective aimed to make better use of underutilized and forgotten space in a downtown alley by transforming it into a family-friendly community space. Activities included a swing, board games and some fun, unique furniture made from cardboard.
In Toronto—Over the past two years, Sarah and Allison have welcomed the community to a family fun dance in their neighbourhood. People of all ages came to dance in the park which was decorated with feathers and glitter, and supplied with a costume trunk and a DJ.Read more
In Edmonton — Participalley saw a group of small canvases set up along a secret alley in the city. Residents were invited in to simply explore the art, or add to it themselves, bringing new life into an unique space in the urban fabric of Edmonton’s downtown.
In Toronto—The producers of ‘Accidental Parkland’ painted a large scale sidewalk chalk map of Toronto’s ravine system and invited passersby to add their additions by annotating it with the places they visit or whatever inspires them.Read more
In Toronto—Organizers transformed a part (approx. 8 cars worth) of Queen St. W into a place for people. Chairs, hammocks, even grass were laid out for passersby to take a load off and take back their street.Read more
In Edmonton — Linda and Kayla led an Instagrammable Wall Photo Walk through the downtown, inviting residents to join them in the search for the perfect urban backdrop for their photos. This intervention invited people to see their city through a new lens.