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What happens when you combine activism and flash mobs? For some UCLA architecture students, it's a series of performance games called "30 Seconds of Awesome." As Daimen Newton at Streetsblog LA explains, "this was a living and moving demonstration that demands open space and embraces the urban form similar to the more recognized events such as Park(ing) Day or Critical Mass."

The event took place at Westwood and Le Conte, where the city installed a scramble crosswalk in 2008. Other activities included tug of war, jump roping and hula hoops.

"We looked at new movements of participatory Urban Activism, and I wanted to come up with something that has never been done in the 'reclaiming public space/urban active' department," explained Krisztina Jozsef, a second year graduate student, to Newton. "I looked at different types of flash mobs and flash mob occurrences. I also was interested in the correlation between the childhood obesity epidemic that is a national health crisis and the built environment."