this project used the act of performance to construct a participatory environment, staging scenarios of how the exchange square is used everyday and allowing each act to be malleable and to change as the participants grew more confident as a group and in the space. by intimately engaging with the space during the performance the relationship between people and the space is reframed. the performance was a temporary re-articulation of the square but it created a lasting memory of the space in each of the participants’ minds: it made them question how it is used and it challenged the corporate identity of the place. in turn it provokes a dialogue about the contemporary state of building in cities - is public really public? how do we create engaging environments that invite everyone in?