intervene meaning 1 occur in between events 2 interfere; prevent or modify events 3 be situated between things
intervention being; 1 intervening 2 interference, esp. by a state
From cca-actions.org;Actions: What You Can Do With the City presents 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world.
A bus stop seat … okay. A problem realized and rectified by an individual; perhaps a transit authority officer sees it and makes the connection that there is inadequate bus top seating… . . hmmmmm, maybe we should do something about this. Positive change.
But, buy sheets of ply wood, spend much time and energy cutting it into little discs and gluing it all back together resemble a “tree”, then “felling” said tree and expending another large amount of energy milling, and gluing it back together into a sheet of plywood, and finally returning it to the retailer!? This is raising public awareness or in some way benefiting the environment?
I don’t get it … … … what is the point? What is the “positive change” being made here? Wasting material and energy?
As an aside; I’m sure you realize that it was impossible to fabricate this “tree” from a single sheet of 2’ x 4’ plywood (which is what the refund receipt is for). As for returning it for a refund in either “damaged” or “resalable” condition … I find it highly unlikely this actually occurred.
A very good example of these urban interventions are in Berlin. There are a lot of plots just waiting to be developed there and berliners are taking over it. Small interest groups making these unused plots theirs. Most of these activities are not grand, just a need for some space to do stuff. The wonderful thing is the city recognixe this and some of these activities starts to become legal establishments/profitable - like the “beaches” by the river Spree.
It is in this book Urban Pioneers. Nice book to look at if you are interested in “unregulated” city developments.