Mechanisms regulating the Dutch life are manifold, combining an elaborate system of governance with an abundance of social control. Methodical application of rules and guidelines ensures the safest and the most efficient results, while at the same time leaving very little space for spontaneity and improvisation. Overwhelming regulation renders environments and experiences sterile, increasingly alienating citizens and restraining the capacity for adaptation and creative change.
To counter the negative effects of overregulation and restore a healthy balance of order and natural randomness, a new official entity is established in the Netherlands - the Ministry of Reasonable Chaos. Its goal is to create possibilities for change by introducing reasonable amounts of chaos and randomness into various aspects of life. By creating playful interventions in environments, systems and objects, it opens vacancies, allowing breathing space for new ideas and reevaluation of the existing structures.
As an introduction to its practice, the Ministry employs soft and colorful tools of intervention and rapid prototyping for public spaces, in the archetypical shape of bricks. Provoking and suggesting possibilities these small messengers of reasonable chaos break through the monotony of rigid spaces and invite the public to sculpt their environments.