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…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome?

…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Ten people each contribute $100 a month into a pool. They meet once a month and discuss possible projects to support. Each month, they give a grant of $1000 to a project that meets a simple criterion: it’s awesome.

That’s the logic behind the Awesome Foundation, founded by Tim Hwang and friends, brilliantly built and managed by Christia Xu. Awesome Foundation now has 50 chapters in 10 countries and has given 252 grants, sponsoring awesome projects like Float, which attaches air pollution sensors to kites to report on air quality, and Free the Billboards, which invites people to visualize alternatives to unsightly billboards by photobombing them. (Full disclosure – I’m on the board of Institute for Higher Awesome Studies, the shadowy organization that acts as an umbrella organization for the individual Awesome chapters.)

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Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the urban commons (book)

Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the urban commons (book) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Francesca Ferguson has compiled a great collection of stories, essays and interviews in this new book, Make_Shift City, which represents the latest addition to a growing literature on the new conditions of urban development. 

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Civic Urbanity & Cities for People | Charles Landry

Civic Urbanity & Cities for People | Charles Landry | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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ShapethePlace: Break the Rules - Get Tactical

ShapethePlace: Break the Rules - Get Tactical | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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This is not an empty site

This is not an empty site | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A project changing Zaragoza in crisis times
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How public spaces make cities work

How public spaces make cities work | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.
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'Living Innovation Zones' Activate Public Space in San Francisco

'Living Innovation Zones' Activate Public Space in San Francisco | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
San Francisco recently launched the Living Innovation Zones program to generate space-activating public art installations around the city. The city hopes the program will create “catalysts for exploration, innovation and play.”
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On Activists and Community-Based Organizations

On Activists and Community-Based Organizations | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
To mark the fifth anniversary of the launch of Urban Omnibus, we look at themes that have emerged in our content over time and think about what those threads reveal about the needs, desires, and priorities of the city today. When Urban Omnibus launched in 2009, among its...
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Architecture of the civic economy. A manifesto for soft power

Architecture of the civic economy. A manifesto for soft power | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban Commons
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Renegotiating the urban commons

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The Granary District

The Granary District | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
This Crowdsite is dedicated to resurrecting the Granary District through crowdsourcing.
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Jane Jacobs and Humane Urbanism | Sustainable Cities Collective

Jane Jacobs and Humane Urbanism | Sustainable Cities Collective | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In the post World War II era, achieving the American Dream entailed owning a large, detached home in the suburbs with a bright green lawn and a car… or three. Urban centers in the United States were perceived as places to go for work or to pass through.
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Taking DIY Urbanism to the Classroom | Archi-Ninja

Taking DIY Urbanism to the Classroom | Archi-Ninja | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
If we look back 10 years, the words popup, tactical and temporary were seldom used in city building and urban design. Traditionally, when designing for the city
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#networkedurbanism: design thinking initiatives for a better urban life | ecosistema urbano

#networkedurbanism: design thinking initiatives for a better urban life | ecosistema urbano | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Courses and online platform for sharing knowledge and design thinking experiences with the world around us in an attempt to improve the society in which we live
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Citizen Planner — Community-Led Initiatives Created By Citizens Who Give A Damn!

Citizen Planner — Community-Led Initiatives Created By Citizens Who Give A Damn! | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Community-Led Initiatives Created By Citizens Who Give A Damn! 

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Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea - Recycling Urban Void

Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea - Recycling Urban Void | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Hace unas semanas nuestros compañeros de escuela Maria Ángeles Hernández, Álvaro Romero, Adriana Roldán, Marta Ortega, Juan José Mouliaa y tutelados por Lorenzo Tomás, participaron en la final del ...
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9 Ways to Initiate Tactical Urbanism in Your Community | Downtown ...

9 Ways to Initiate Tactical Urbanism in Your Community | Downtown ... | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
At our April Downtown Institute, Manageable Design Techniques, Kristin Cypher of Britina Design Group gave a presentation on tactical urbanism ideas that can easily be replicated in any community!Tactical urbanism is the ...
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OuiShare Fest 2014: The Age of Communities.

OuiShare Fest 2014: The Age of Communities. | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
1000 collaborative economy visionaries coming together for three days of conference, co-creating and connecting. Paris, May 5-7 2014.
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PAUSE For Placemaking - The Architect's Newspaper

PAUSE For Placemaking - The Architect's Newspaper | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Living innovation zones transform San Francisco's sidewalks. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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The Rotten Apple Project: Quick and Dirty Urban Hacks | Urbanist

The Rotten Apple Project: Quick and Dirty Urban Hacks | Urbanist | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Sometimes, a reclaimed piece of junk is all it takes to make a bus stop, bike rack, subway station or virtually any other urban setting more comfortable and ...
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Rethinking Engagement in Cities: Ending the Professional vs. Citizen Divide | EngagingCities

Rethinking Engagement in Cities: Ending the Professional vs. Citizen Divide | EngagingCities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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From austerity to audacity. On the emerging urbanism of small acts

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Urban Commons - uncube magazine no. 20

Urban Commons - uncube magazine no. 20 | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Creating cities that work for people

Creating cities that work for people | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Above: Children enjoying a walk in El Pueblo, Los Angeles. Photo credit: 8-80 Cities. As a passionate advocate for cities, ...
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Hacking Through Cities With Creative Sustainability

Hacking Through Cities With Creative Sustainability | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The Rotten Apple project exercises creativity agency by finding clever and simple ways to alter his surroundings to introduce new facets of function and fun into the urban environment.
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Using 'tactical urbanism' for short-term action, long-term change ...

Using 'tactical urbanism' for short-term action, long-term change ... | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Enter tactical urbanism. Citizens across the country are initiating their own grassroots efforts in improving the livability of their neighborhoods and cities… today… now. From the book, Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, ...
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UTxEB's curator insight, April 2, 12:26 AM

L'urbanisme tàctic es defineix com les accions a petita escala, a nivell de barri, ciutat, veïnatge, etc. que involucra una gran quantitat d'actors locals que duen a terme projectes per millorar les relacions i l'habitabilitat al barri. Trobariem tots aquells als que s'anomena "urbanisme de guerrilla", "urbanisme pop-up", "urbanisme emergent" o "reparació de ciutat". Aquest urbanisme tàctic, temporal, innovador i emmergent a petita escala pot convertir-se en un bon antecedent a planejaments d'escala major.