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An outlook on how to activate vacant sites + buildings: adaptive reuse, temporary interventions, bottom-up cities. By @manufernandez and part of @humanscalecity
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Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.
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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better.
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Melbourne Launch: Tactical Urbanism Guidebook Vol. 4

Melbourne Launch: Tactical Urbanism Guidebook Vol. 4 | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Join us to celebrate the launch of the latest Tactical Urbanism guidebook, which maps out over 20 local case studies of quick and effective urban interventions and placemaking projects in Australia and New Zealand – from pop up parks to urban gardening. 
The fourth e-book in this globally acclaimed series, this guidebook offers tools for communities, governments and property developers interested in building better neighbourhoods.
The event will feature:

Special guest Mike Lydon, Principal of
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What role for urban farming? - Metropolitics

What role for urban farming? - Metropolitics | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
While the benefits of farming activities in large West African cities are starting to be recognised within the scientific community, Laure Le Gall
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International Congress on Adaptive Urbanism

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New Coalition Takes On Airbnb in NYC with ‘Share Better’ Campaign

New Coalition Takes On Airbnb in NYC with ‘Share Better’ Campaign | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
On Friday, Share Better, a newly-formed coalition of “friends, neighbors, community activists and elected officials” in New York City, publicly called out Airbnb.
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Aceras divididas. Podría no ser ficción

Aceras divididas. Podría no ser ficción | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Analysis and news on urban policies and cities
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A Better Way to Manage Government’s Underutilized Property

A Better Way to Manage Government’s Underutilized Property | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A startup emerging from academia wants to help cities get more value from publicly owned land.
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David Week's curator insight, September 13, 6:36 PM

A great service for those trying to get more out publicly owned assets. Scalable.

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Event. Innovation, Urban Prototyping and You

Event. Innovation, Urban Prototyping and You | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
What makes an urban space special? Can those elements be bottled, replicated and adopted elsewhere? Can technology and artistic expression better the relationship between the sidewalk and its users? Come hear a rapid-fire presentation from a slate of planners, designers and community leaders as they discuss how innovation and urban prototyping in the public realm is improving cities around the world.
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Archope's curator insight, September 13, 1:41 PM

La importancia de hacer prototipos con base en experiencias de otras ciudades para saber si la intervención se adapta a nuestro entorno

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L.A. Offers DIY Urban Design Kits

L.A. Offers DIY Urban Design Kits | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
People St makes it way easier for community members to get a pedestrian plaza, mini park or bike parking approved.
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David Week's curator insight, September 11, 12:23 AM

Now we're talking. For cities by citizens to take off, it has to become easy.

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Collaborative mapping to make a collective narrative of the city

Collaborative mapping to make a collective narrative of the city | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Interartive | Contemporary Art + Thought
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David Week's curator insight, September 11, 1:02 AM

Everywhere I look, there is interest in collaborative mapping. Why is this? Because mapping is such a powerful technology. Though we think of maps today as public documents, most maps historically were matters of military or trade secret—just as the highest res satellite photographs are today. A good map unleashes both insight into problems, and possibilities for change.

Why "collaborative"? Because its by participating in the making that citizens (a) get access to the map data, and (b) develop an intimate understanding of what it means.  

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"An Argument for Alleys," or, Why Melbourne beats us on livability

"An Argument for Alleys," or, Why Melbourne beats us on livability | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Peter Berkeley links to this piece - "An Argument for Alleys" - from Michigan State University: Alleys provide a space for open air, utilities, access to trash and even a bit of shade. Alleys and l...
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Tactical Urbanism DIY

Tactical Urbanism DIY | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Is Tactical Urbanism just another another urban products selling jingle? On how we can use new concept to change old rules in Urban Design, for real. (On why we can't happily change the tagline and say #TacticalUrbanism is revolutionary.
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David Week's curator insight, September 11, 12:59 AM

I just spoke on a related topic at the Urban Design conference in Adelaide: "Will tactical urbanism transform urban planning?" And the current answer is: No. Not in its current form. Because currently tactical urbanism is only a design and activism process, and interrupts only the tail end of the urban formation process: the shaping of space. In order to have urban revolution, changes in design process need to occur in conjunction with new forms of urban land typology, and new forms of urban governance.

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Tactical Urbanism | Island Press

Tactical Urbanism | Island Press | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Tactical Urbanism



In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives—have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia

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‘Knight Cities’: How the pop-up movement is changing communities

‘Knight Cities’: How the pop-up movement is changing communities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
It seems that every city has its own version of pop-up parks, parklets, better blocks and other temporary design interventions ...
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Four ways to (re)make a city | Nesta

Four ways to (re)make a city | Nesta | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Reflections on Adam Greenfield's lecture "A City Worth Fighting For."
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TRANS-locations - IDENSITAT

TRANS-locations - IDENSITAT | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Festival of transitional architecture (24-27 october, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Festival of transitional architecture (24-27 october, Christchurch, New Zealand) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Park(ing) Day takes back the curb for public spaces

Park(ing) Day takes back the curb for public spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Yes, that's art in your parking spot: A nationwide celebration Sept. 19 challenges us to consider if we're making the best use of our curbs.
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Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Small-scale, big deal: UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.
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Christchurch – The rebuild story continues … - GEHL Architects

Christchurch – The rebuild story continues … - GEHL Architects | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Future Christchurch have released a series of online films that document progress in the city as it continues on its path of reconstruction.
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Bring Life to Vacant Spaces

Bring Life to Vacant Spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
If you’ve been keeping up with the posts to date, you’ve probably thought of at least one space in your community that would be a good candidate for...
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David Week's curator insight, September 11, 12:21 AM
One risk with bringing life to vacant spaces is that these are actually used by marginalised people: the homeless, street traders, and the like. And life can also lead to commercialisation, and even privatisation. So we have to examine: do we need a permanent set of "vacant" niches in the city? Can we overdevelop the underused?
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How a Community Garden Can Be A Catalyst that Can Change A City

How a Community Garden Can Be A Catalyst that Can Change A City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Image by Edible Garden Project. Full Authored by: David ThorpeIf only it were just a matter of a city authority taking such an example and saying, right, let's implement that. Besides the economic ...
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Sharing Economy Advisory Network Created As Resource for Cities

The National League of Cities announces the formation of a network composed of business, policy leaders and city officials to identify the regulatory challenges posed by the disruptive technologies that power the sharing economy.
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We make this city - The Star Online

We make this city - The Star Online | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
We make this city
The Star Online
... transform overlooked public spaces into more vibrant and liveable places, we had architects working with us, including our associate partner Lia Tostes, who is an architect/urbanist from Brasilia and completed...
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David Week's curator insight, August 19, 6:03 PM
There's a risk in transforming all of these unused public spaces, and that is doing so makes the more useful to the well-off in well-off districts, and thus pushes out homeless and the poor from niches they might be using. In not-well-off districts, the problem is usually not the overlooked public spaces, but the fact that there is no enough investment in the obvious public spaces. The only mechanism which balances the interests of rich and poor is governance.