re·claim (verb): to claim the return or restoration of, as a right, possession.

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Urban Repair Squad

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It has just occurred to me that GOOD magazine, that I subscribe to, features the “reclaiming” of the urban city too. The last time they were talking about Urban Golf, this time around they featured the Urban Repair Squad. They are a group of cyclists in Toronto who decided to create their own bike lanes when the city decided not to.

They basically go around with stencils and paint and carve out bike lanes and unsuspecting drivers actually follow them. I suppose if anyone does it in Singapore, you’ll be caught for vandalizing instead!

Another group of people reclaimed the basement of a shopping mall as an apartment, check out their adventure!

Finally, some guerrilla gardeners…

One thing I realise about the “reclaimers” featured in GOOD is that they are people of our age and have a more progressive mindset. This is in contrast to the people we have talked to thus far, they don’t see their actions as some greater good that would culminate into a movment, but really just something they want to do


Written by Justin Zhuang

October 24, 2008 at 2:09 am

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  1. Check out for Lauren Greenfield’s recent work on “a mixed-use urban design experiment that blends consumerism, aspiration, and lifestyle by making it possible to live at the mall.” (copyright: viiphoto) The series is called Americana. That is a contrast to the mall basement living group. One is more poetic in nature while the other leans towards manufactured.

    Sam Kang Li

    October 24, 2008 at 2:26 am

  2. something interesting for you guys… government anti-‘reclamation’?


    October 24, 2008 at 8:44 am

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