The mob: catalyst for public spaces

2002 New York, the city that never sleeps: No pants on the subways.
2003 Roma, the eternal city:  Messaggerie Musicali.
After that, we all know what a flash mob is.

Give a meeting point on an internet platform. Assemble a group of people in a public space with a common goal to practice an action. After that the trick is done. A thousand of human beings meeting in the same time in the same place, bringing an action in a place and than something happens. Something different from the ordinary life.
The first idea for a flash mob comes easy during an ordinary day. (
Everyone can organise it, just give some minute to make an appointment on a social platform. The meeting point is commonly a public space where is easy for people to interact each other. When it happens, that place becomes a catalyst of emotions. Surprise, happiness, fear, scare, enthusiasm, participation and many other feelings all together in a place.
But what could happen when is not related to a public space, but to an abandoned space? It could be more and more interesting. People that do not know each other and just give the action away. In L’Aquila this happens three times as a way to recover the centre and the social spaces abandoned after the earthquake of 2009.

A flash mob could be just the starting point to improve cities. Every city has a dead place, a 'junkspace' that need to be revitalised and need to be transformed.  Transform the ruins in a possible living place, sharing the energy to reactivate abandoned buildings, is the aim of a global community, born to give new life to abandoned buildings.

The steps that they suggest in order to do that, is easy:
-build a worldwide database of abandoned buildings
-provide tools and knowledge to help the users start rescue projects
-connect professionals to help on the design process
-find money to make these projects become real.
The secret is to be a social network that works together. Feeling the sense of the community and having the will to realize a better place to live. In other words, being like a ‘rave community’ in order to squat abandoned places and make something better for the community itself.
The Putnam Triangle plaza in Brooklyn is an example of what can happen when people take care about the place they live in. The spirit of the neighbourhood comes out. (

Open cities, where all the wishes come true, are more than welcome in that time where the resources seem to run out more and more.  Maybe the resources are inside our ideas and our ability to be a community, because in the established fact: people have the power.