Temporary as the new permanent is a new way of thinking about urban space currently sweeping the globe. The concept that temporary interventions can change cities in positive ways, drives the SPAZA urban innovation festival concept. It functions as an organising theme for this festival planned for the year Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. Over the next two years a range of temporary interventions in the Fringe will explore and take this idea forward during labs run every May and September. Each lab event will feature temporary interventions done by independent collectives of designers and students.
From 17 May (17h00 onwards), three inspired Capetonians will use temporary installations to transform an isolated, dingy alley in The Fringe into Harrington Hollow. The Harrington Hollow will become an attractive space for people to sit, socialise and play. The aim of the installation is to expose the potential of such a space to be used in numerous ways. The installation will encourage people to engage in the space, strengthening the city’s drive to create pedestrian friendly spaces. This transformation coinciding with The SPAZA Living Lab Workshop May 2012, aligns with the concept of a temporary intervention changing the perception and use of city spaces. The transformation of Harrington Hollow is self-funded and relying on partner support, reusing waste and on site materials. The aim is that exposure gained during SPAZA May 2012 will catalyse future development and investment in the alley, Harrington Hollow.
The Harrington Hollow project uses prototype pieces from a Western Cape Furniture Initiative (WCFI) competition. This competition urged designers to use alien wood in creating durable street furniture. Furniture displayed are those by Felix Holm, Matthew Williams (winner in the student section) and a street pole shading piece by Martin Wilson and Dane Lategan. Greenpop provided trees and plants.