From Wednesday to today, local and international designers, architecture students, residents and social activists were busy in a 72 Hour Urban Action workshop, taking place in Birzebbuġa. A total of 12 participants camped at the boatyard and adjacent public garden on Sacred Heart Promenade in Birzebbuġa with a mission to redesign the public space in response to local needs in a Valletta 2018 project.
Participants hail from Israel, France, Poland, Germany and Malta, supervised by the international design-and-build collective named 72 Hour Urban Action, synonymous with such interventions in a number of cities. The collective born in 2010 at the Bat-Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism. The Valletta Design Cluster and Għaqda Sajjieda Dilettanti Birżebbuġa are also working on the project.
Before the workshop, the participants contributed to research to identify problems and possibilities which underlie the locality in order to work and address them as a starting point for the works. This prepared them to design and build on the spot and on location, within a tight timeframe. 72HUA has been working in Malta with the Valletta 2018 Foundation since 2016 forming a prominent part of the Design4DCity programme in the form of public urban regeneration workshops attended by local and international creatives, as well as passers-by and anyone willing to give a hand for the improvement of the locality.
The workshop comes to a close on Saturday 13th October with the launch of a public installation at 7pm. The project’s hashtag is #72HUA on Facebook and Instagram. More information is at valletta2018.org.