For 2.5 months over the summer, 16 streets in Gent are closed to traffic, and the residents work together to create collective spaces for living, playing, and meeting. Each Leefstraat (living street) is transformed into a shared outdoor space including planting, play areas, pop-up cafes and bars, picnic tables, and chicken coops. And each space is different, depending on what residents want to create together.
The project was developed by Lab van Troje - an independent network of collaborating citizens, businesses, governments and organisations. They use strategic Lab experiments like the living streets, to create practical experiences and show that structural changes are possible.
Original posting: Pop-up City
Project founders: www.labvantroje.be