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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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New Book Explores Tactical Urbanism Strategies, Success Stories

New Book Explores Tactical Urbanism Strategies, Success Stories | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Worth the Wait: Pop-Ups and the Fall of Public Space | Urban Controversies

Worth the Wait: Pop-Ups and the Fall of Public Space | Urban Controversies | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A commons-based economy cannot thrive without appropriate institutions, especially those that represent a "partner state" approach. Professor Christian Iaione of LUISS University in Rome is a pioneer of such institutional innovation in Italian cities. I believe his work with the city of Bologna on Bologna's Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons is a breakthrough.
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When traditional planning approaches reveal their shortcomings, how can artists, architects, and designers contribute to trigger effective change?

When traditional planning approaches reveal their shortcomings, how can artists, architects, and designers contribute to trigger effective change? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good

Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A successful crowdfunding campaign led to government support for the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Cameron R. Nielson via Wired UK)
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The Laneway Project Toronto

The Laneway Project Toronto | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
We're tapping into the potential of Toronto's underused laneways. Together, we'll transform them into safe, vibrant, people-friendly spaces.
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The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street

The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Despite an admittedly strong preference for the automobile, Los Angeles and other forward-thinking cities are now re-allocating public (and private) land away from the car so that people can use the space for other purposes. 

The automobile remains the best transportation option in all but a few U.S. cities. However, we can strike a better balance with how we use the precious resource of space in our cities. By dedicating so much land to traveling comfortably and quickly by car, we miss out on using that land to create interesting places to travel to. While some communities may still require copious amounts of parking and travel lanes, others are developing different neighborhood priorities, like green space, local business presence, or better biking and walking infrastructure. We need to plan for flexibility, for the accommodation of what we cannot yet imagine.


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EDGE Condition VOL 5 PLACEMAKING

EDGE Condition VOL 5 PLACEMAKING | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

There is no doubt that in urban circles, and wider, placemaking is having its moment. It is talked about and delivered by planners and policy makers, artists, architects, activists and communities across the globe. We have Project for Public Spaces’ international cohort of placemakers, Placemaking Leadership Council. We have conferences the world over taking placemaking as their theme. We have multiple academic papers and media articles on placemaking. We have city authority’s worldwide naming and adopting placemaking approaches in their strategic plans. 

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Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future
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Public Space and Data Exploration and Analysis

Public Space and Data Exploration and Analysis | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. It attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How do we optimize the investments made in these spaces?
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Cities Power the Sharing Economy

Cities Power the Sharing Economy | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
So much of the news we read these days is peppered with the words Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb. With the swiftness of their rise in cities nationwide and globally
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Hacking Public Space - Formalizing Parklets and Beyond

Hacking Public Space - Formalizing Parklets and Beyond | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Guerilla artists' uban public space intervention tactics are getting adopted into city government operating procedures across the country.
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Hacking Public Space - Formalizing Parklets and Beyond

Hacking Public Space - Formalizing Parklets and Beyond | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Guerilla artists' uban public space intervention tactics are getting adopted into city government operating procedures across the country.
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Hacking Public Space With the Designers Who Invented Park(ing) Day - Next City

Hacking Public Space With the Designers Who Invented Park(ing) Day - Next City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
When does short-term action lead to long-term change?
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Launch of Global Platform on the Right to the City | United Cities and Local Governments

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Adaptive cities: co-creating places beyond austerity

Adaptive cities: co-creating places beyond austerity | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

This text is my contribution to EDGECondition Vol. 5 on Placemaking.

The way in which local policy has been understood and the role of urban development projects have left a complex map of underutilized infrastructure, public facilities without financial support, failed housing developments, unfinished industrial developments and urban vacant lots for example. Climbing out of this crisis from a local policy perspective means finding ways to activate and convert these passives into public assets. The current state of permanent paralysis and widespread budget cuts which municipal policies are going through has led to a landscape of stalled projects, white elephants and stationary cranes. ‘Under construction’ or ‘Keep out’ signs draw a line to prevent any alternative use in these sites that will remain incomplete for years. Everything was planned but it failed and became out of date before it started to work.

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