With an eye towards a more literal definition of "street level photography", a team of garbage collectors in Hamburg, Germany converted the city's trash bins into giant pinhole cameras. Dubbed the Trashcam Project, the photos are created by drilling a tiny holes into the front of each bin and placing photographic photo paper inside.
While the BFI describes the session as "witty and engaging throughout", you can judge for yourself: http://www.bfi.org.uk/live/video/139
I am an urban strategist and writer who has engineered initiatives in 11 cities worldwide. I lead a multi-disciplinary research, design and strategy studio that specializes in leveraging existing urban assets to increase economic and entrepreneurial opportunity, expand the capabilities of design, and increase social capital.
My most recent initiative - Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure - was launched on October 1, 2014 at the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Reprogramming the City is a global overview of how the functionality of existing urban assets can be expanded for increased benefit to the city and its residents. A previous version of Reprogramming the City was created for the Boston Society of Architects in 2013 and is currently on tour. Other recent initiatives include the Made of Jesolo design initiative for Jesolo, Greater Venice, Italy, where I pioneered a citywide design strategy to reuse and repurpose existing and discarded urban materials, and Urban Play, created for the city of Amsterdam, and Bairro Criativo created for Porto, Portugal.
I have addressed The World Bank, The World Urban Development Congress, and many other institutions and organizations. I am the author of Finding the Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, and a contributor to a number of publications ranging from The Guardian to Architizer.
When I'm not working to manifest new ideas in the city itself, I create exhibitions to explore important ideas. To date, I have created and curated more than 30 exhibitions in eight cities and five countries on topics spanning architecture, urban culture, design and urban innovation.
Now that I'm back on the East Coast, I am focusing on strategies for regenerating post-industrial cities, and have been engaged by a private foundation to create strategies for recovery in New York State.
In recognition of my work, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce in London in 2010.
- Boston University
- Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design
- Scott Burnham StudioCreative Director, Strategist, Writer, 2006 - present
- Boston Society of ArchitectsCurator, Reprogramming the City, 2013 - 2013
- Netherlands Institute for DesignProject Director, Trust Design, 2010 - 2012
- DroogUrban Play, 2007 - 2008
- Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)Author, Finding Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, 2010 - 2010
- Urbis Centre for Urban CultureCreative Director, 2003 - 2006