Reprogramming the City is a global overview of ways in which the existing structures, systems and surfaces of cities around the world are being redesigned, repurposed, and reimagined to do more for urban residents and expand the capabilities of the city itself.

The Virginia Center for Architecture invites you to attend the opening reception for  Reprogramming the City at the VCA on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 from 5–7 p.m.

The Cascade in Hong Kong (photo credit: Scott Burnham)
The Cascade in Hong Kong (photo credit: Scott Burnham)

Reprogramming the City brings together dozens of examples of imaginative reuse and repurposing of urban infrastructure, from physical objects to the city’s most functional systems and surfaces. From a billboard in Lima, Peru, repurposed to create clean drinking water for residents, to a bus stop in northern Sweden fitted with light therapy bulbs to give those waiting for the bus a dose of the light they are missing during the dark winter months, Reprogramming the City is a collection of some of the best ideas for expanding the functionality of existing urban objects being explored across the globe.

Created by Urban Strategist Scott Burnham, Reprogramming the City reveals the city as a creative platform for new approaches to urban design. As Burnham says, “Reprogramming The City explores a new paradigm of urban creativity and resourcefulness that treats the hardware of the city as a platform of opportunity and the existing urban landscape not as the end result of a previous creative process, but the beginning of a new one.”

For more information, call (804) 644-3041, extension 100 or visit  There is no charge to attend the Opening Reception; however spaces are limited. RSVP online to secure tickets. Reprogramming the City is at the Virginia Center for Architecture through March 22, 2015. There is no charge to visit the exhibition.

In addition to the exhibition, the Center will be offering a lecture, panel discussion and movie nights throughout the exhibition dates.

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