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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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Tactical Urbanism with CoDesign

Tactical Urbanism with CoDesign | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
CoDesign’s focus is on reinventing neighbourhoods by using low cost, community experiments that catalyse long term urban change.
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Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons - Doc Next Network

Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons - Doc Next Network | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A new project seeks to amplify the message of local struggles between citizens and urbanisation processes in Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The world seems to be flooded by an unending wave of indignation and political unrest. The media sphere extends beyond the printed press and television news, into our personalised social networks, …

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Wikibuilding: What if architecture were collaborative?

Wikibuilding: What if architecture were collaborative? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Promoting collaborative urban planning for the past 15 years, Alain Renk hits the mark with Wikibuilding, preselected for the Reinventing Paris competition.
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Cult of the temporary: is the pop-up phenomenon good for cities?

Cult of the temporary: is the pop-up phenomenon good for cities? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
From supper-clubs to homeless shelters, pop-up ventures have become commonplace in cities around the world. In times of crisis they may offer an economic lifeline – but what are the downsides of this short-termist strategy?
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Can Detroit’s Vacant Factories Become Community Assets?

Can Detroit’s Vacant Factories Become Community Assets? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Can Detroit’s Vacant Factories Become Community Assets?
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Is Urban Planning in the Midst of a Revolt?

Is Urban Planning in the Midst of a Revolt? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
There's been lots of recent pushback against traditional planning approaches—by planners themselves.
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LocalDemocracyWatch's curator insight, July 18, 11:35 PM

Good to see that planners are thinking of city planning as a collaborative effort.

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Transitional Spaces, Bottom-Up Governance and Adaptive Urbanism: Christchurch’s Grassroots Responses to Post-Disaster Urban Planning

Transitional Spaces, Bottom-Up Governance and Adaptive Urbanism: Christchurch’s Grassroots Responses to Post-Disaster Urban Planning | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
By Dr Andreas Wesener, Lecturer in Urban Design at the School of Landscape Architecture  Transitional Community-initiated open spaces (CIOS) have emerged in the wake of the 2010/2011 earthquakes on...
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Closed in and crowded out: urbanising against the city

Closed in and crowded out: urbanising against the city | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Closed in and crowded out: urbanising against the city
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Public spaces as social innovation places

Public spaces as social innovation places | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In the period May 27-29, Placemakers participated in the social innovation conference entitled “What makes a city a ‘hub’ for social innovations?” Organised jointly by Social innovation exchange (S...
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Urban Diversion: Playful Street Art Interventions on the Streets of France

Urban Diversion: Playful Street Art Interventions on the Streets of France | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Street artist OakOak continues to bring smiles and double-takes to his hometown of St. Etienne, France, an old industrial town with drab facades and cracked sidewalks ripe for his unique brand of visual jokes.
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The City at Eye Level

Presentation of The City at Eye Level on how to create better streets, better plinths, better sidewalks and what the role of buildings is. From public space to…
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Archope's curator insight, July 14, 2:47 PM

La ciudad es apreciada por el Peaton a la altura de los ojos, el plinto o basamento en los edificios que bordean la acera. Es el espacio que atrae o repele a ser descubierto y deambulado.

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Trend Analysis: The Adaptive City of the Future

Why city people are looking for a new kind of freedom! What exiles expect from "home"! What the adaptive city of the future will look like.
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Reactivación de espacios urbanos. Matadero Madrid en la Real Fábrica de Artillería sevillana y otras propuestas para la ciudad

Reactivación de espacios urbanos. Matadero Madrid en la Real Fábrica de Artillería sevillana y otras propuestas para la ciudad | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Why Christchurch should not plan for the future

Why Christchurch should not plan for the future - Making Christchurch - Medium
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How transportation planning, tactical urbanism, and public outreach are CONVERGING to make the city a better place

How transportation planning, tactical urbanism, and public outreach are CONVERGING to make the city a better place | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

As protected bike lanes have spread, they’ve created an exciting new era for American traffic engineers, who are once again getting the chance to solve new and interesting problems on our streets.

 

But they’re also creating a new golden age for another important but unsung civil servant: the public outreach specialist.

 

Here’s the latest evidence, from Delaware: this week, a team of city workers in the university town of Newark are going to test a protected bike lane concept by installing it for exactly one hour and getting volunteers to try it out.

 

It’s a simple, practical idea. But if you’ve been watching closely, you’ll also recognize this as part of a big change that’s sweeping through the profession of transportation planning.

 

If you were into computer software, you might say we’re now in the age of the public beta.

 

Urban planning as we now know it emerged from a very different era, when renderings of our most important infrastructure projects looked more like this:


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Against a de-politicized DIY urbanism: Food Not Bombs and the struggle over public space

Against a de-politicized DIY urbanism: Food Not Bombs and the struggle over public space | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Cultivated by non-professionals, do-it-yourself (DIY) interventions in urban space are gaining serious credibility in the professional design fields. But as these professionals take up the flag of small-scale and social justice-inspired action in design handbooks and art exhibits, what happens to the struggles that informed the tactics? This article presents the DIY urban tactics of Food Not Bombs as a counter case study that problematizes the recent professional attention given to DIY, tactical or spontaneous urbanism. Forged in a struggle against the structural violence of capitalism, and based in the use of public space for community meals, Food Not Bombs challenges de-politicized notions of tactical or DIY urbanism.
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Great Streets, Tactical Urbanism, and the Challenge of Flipping the Traditional Planning Process on its Head | Streetsblog Los Angeles

Great Streets, Tactical Urbanism, and the Challenge of Flipping the Traditional Planning Process on its Head | Streetsblog Los Angeles | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Great Streets, Tactical Urbanism, and the Challenge of Flipping the Traditional Planning Process on its Head: ... http://t.co/MkIvLtV1oU
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The City as a commons: the first international conference on urban commons

The City as a commons: the first international conference on urban commons | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The IASC Conference, named “ The City as a Commons: Reconceiving Urban Space, Common Goods And City Governance” is organized by LabGov in collaboration with Fordham University of New York and the International Center on Democracy and Democratization (ICEDD) of the LUISS University of Rome. It will take place in Bologna on 6-7 November 2015.
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Brigitte Benedetto's curator insight, July 9, 6:42 AM

An interesting conference for the Westway Trust and their #Portobellovillage project...

Archope's curator insight, July 14, 2:44 PM
Cada día es más importante conservar y proteger los bienes comunes existentes y ampliar su numero y diversidad
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Seis propuestas para recuperar los espacios perdidos bajo una autopista de Nueva York

Seis propuestas para recuperar los espacios perdidos bajo una autopista de Nueva York | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
© Design for Public Space, vía Facebook.
Los espacios perdidos o abandonados que hay en Nueva York equivalen a cuatro veces la superficie del Central Park, el principal parque de la ciudad que tiene 341 hectáreas.
Con el objetivo de recuperar parte de estos sitios y transformarlos en nuevos espacios públicos, la ONG Design Trust for Public Spaces inició [...]
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