Misuse

IDLE TIMES

Jocko Weyland

FROM SKATEBOARDING IN EMPTY POOLS to jumping from building to building, staging theater pieces in abandoned factories, and swimming in tarp-lined trash dumpsters, the notion of misuse has gotten a lot of play lately. Reconfiguration, reuse, whatever you want to call it, all these variations on the concept (and plenty more) activate public and semi-public spaces in ways that contradict their original purpose. And that’s all great. Using these places and things in a manner that goes against, or subverts, their intended application is inventive, intuitive, exciting, and playful. Inappropriately extending the function of any built environment is all about creative inappropriate behavior mixed with a dash of panache, ...

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