It is an honor representing the U.S. and we are proud to represent Oakland, CA!
Participating in National and International conversations about urban innovation is personally rewarding. It is also essential to nurture, share, and support these new ideas so they can get traction, so we don't have to invent the wheel, so we can learn what aspects of the hyper local solutions to cities in the 21 century are universal and what aspects are specific to the communities which fostered them. This is the opportunity, to both brand Oakland as a place where innovation thrives, and to contribute to the international dialogue of disruptive innovation.
We are looking for sponsors to assist us in attending in August, 2012. ($5,000) This support will go toward a one way ticket and stay for 4 days. It also allows us to report our findings and bring the conversation home tying into local and national publications, and local events.
Below is information from the Urban Design Institute website, all images and text credited to their brilliance.
Spontaneous Interventions will frame an archive of compelling, actionable strategies, ranging from urban farms to guerilla bike lanes, temporary architecture to poster campaigns, urban navigation apps to crowdsourced city planning. These efforts cut across boundaries, addressing architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and the digital universe, and run the gamut from symbolic to practical, physical to virtual, whimsical to serious. But they share an optimistic willingness to venture outside conventional practice and to deploy fresh tactics to make cities more sustainable, accessible, and inclusive.
The 13th edition will be held from August 29 to November 25, 2012 (press preview August 27–28). On December 27, 2011, British architect David Chipperfield was appointed the director of the Biennale, and he outlined the theme Common Ground at a meeting of commissioners held in Venice on January 17. Representatives from 41 countries attended the meeting.
Since 1979, the New York–based Institute for Urban Design has served as a central platform for debate among architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, academics, journalists, and urbanists. The Institute operates as a think tank and advocacy group, drawing on the collected experience and knowledge of its large fellowship to bring important issues into wider public debate through lectures, events, and publications.