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The Continuous Picnic (2008)
The Continuous Picnic was a spatial installation and public event sited in Bloomsbury, Central London, and developed as part of London Festival of Architecture 2008. It was set up as an arts-based urban design celebrating open urban space and local food production.
At the same time, it helped us to test and disseminate the qualitative and quantifiable aspects of the urban design concept Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes and to initiate top-down (municipal) and bottom-up (citizen) dialogue and collaboration in the generation of long-term strategic urban development plans.
Visualising Change: public events make it possible to temporarily transform underused open sites into convivial, food-focused space. (image: Jonathan Gales)
The project was subsequently selected for inclusion in an international travelling exhibition conceived as an architecture and urbanism research project by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
The picnic started with the 'Inverted Market', a food market to which people brought their locally produced food. (image: Jonathan Gales)
The event had its own graphic design used for invitations, picnic blankets and seed packets. (image: Studio Columba)

location: London, Great Britain
dates: 2008
client: London Festival of Architecture
funding: The Arts Council / The London Development Agency / the London Borough of Camden

B&V team: Katrin Bohn, André Viljoen

collaborators: Studio Columba / Charlick+Nicholson Architects / David Barrie / Andrew Stuck / Abby Taubin / Jo Foster / Jonathan Gales / Mikey Tomkins
supporters: The SEED Foundation / Global Generation / The Calthorp Project / Londoners