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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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2014 in Ciudades a Escala Humana

2014 in Ciudades a Escala Humana | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Analysis and news on urban policies and cities
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Manu Fernandez's curator insight, Today, 5:38 AM

2014 highlights from the blog

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Usos temporales en espacios abandonados. Condicionantes y experiencias

Presentación en la jornada Els governs locals i l'ús temporal dels espais buits (17 de diciembre de 2014, Barcelona)
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Adhocracy: From making things to making the commons

Adhocracy: From making things to making the commons | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Adhocracy at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens is the continuation of the research started for the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial in 2012, curated by Joseph...
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VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #2 on 100in1Day and Active Citizenship - Cities for People

VIDEO: SIRC Webinar #2 on 100in1Day and Active Citizenship - Cities for People | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Collaborative experiments in making cities better
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Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?

Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Ahead of a special Guardian Cities event, the renowned urban ‘rethinker’ says cities should be six or seven storeys high, Helsinki is on the verge of revolution, and that he’s sceptical of London’s cycle superhighway plans
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Cities are places where the powerless can shape history: the Right to the City in the 21st Century

Cities are places where the powerless can shape history: the Right to the City in the 21st Century | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Alia Dharssi caught up with sociologist Saskia Sassen at the London School of Economic’s Urban Age Conference in New Delhi on November 15th. She talks about the governance challenges facing the world’s cities today and the ways in which average people can voice their concerns in the face of big money.
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6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World's Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities

6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World's Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
From floating neighborhoods in Lagos to nonprofit housing in New York City, architects dream up fanciful ideas for how cities of the future can...
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Marie-Amélie Nonfoux's curator insight, December 3, 5:52 AM

For my architects friends ;) 

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Urban planners in America are increasingly thinking small scale to solve big problems

Urban planners in America are increasingly thinking small scale to solve big problems | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
urban planners in America are increasingly thinking small scale to solve big problems
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Eli Levine's curator insight, November 29, 1:21 PM

Practical, adaptive, inventive, appropriately sized, and effective.  Start on the small level, with top-down collaboration, comprehension, and understanding and you've got yourself a formula for revitalization, development, growth, and, potentially, sustainability.

 

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Urban Acupuncture: A concise, entertaining jumble of ideas

Urban Acupuncture: A concise, entertaining jumble of ideas | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Review of Urban Acupuncture, a book by Jaime Lerner. Island Press, hardcover 160 pp., 2014, $19.99
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Architecture Won't Save the World: “Tactical Urbanisms” at MoMA - BLOUIN ARTINFO

Architecture Won't Save the World: “Tactical Urbanisms” at MoMA - BLOUIN ARTINFO | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
“Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities” is, at least nominally, about urbanism and architecture.
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Strategies for temporary use

Strategies for temporary use | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
An overview of the Business of Temporary Use project is given in this lecture – how it was done, plus the conclusions on how we can better fund, organise and commission temporary use projects for the empty spaces in our cities. It was presented at the conference ‘The Temporary Use of Urban Voids’ on 24 November 2014 in Barcelona, at the Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB)
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Part One: Should MoMA Tout Tactical Urbanism(s) as a Solution to Uneven Growth?

Part One: Should MoMA Tout Tactical Urbanism(s) as a Solution to Uneven Growth? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In part one of a two-part series, I introduce MoMA's latest Issues in Contemporary Architecture exhibit and offer a definition of Tactical Urbanism.
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When urban planners and guerrilla urbanists get together, they build better cities

When urban planners and guerrilla urbanists get together, they build better cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
“Guerrilla urbanists like Michele Rich, engage in temporary, bottom-up activities designed to improve urban life, from planting gardens in abandoned”
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'There’s land if you want it': how a hand-drawn map is transforming vacant lots in Brooklyn

'There’s land if you want it': how a hand-drawn map is transforming vacant lots in Brooklyn | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Picturing place: The 596 Acres posters visualise all the publicly owned vacant land in Brooklyn and encourage neighbours to organise to request access
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At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."
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Artesanos del urbanismo táctico

Artesanos del urbanismo táctico | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Tan solo en el último siglo, las mayores urbes del mundo han aumentado hasta 16 veces su tamaño, siendo los últimos 20 cuando más agresivo y desparramado ha sido el crecimiento. Para hacer frente a este crecimiento el museo MOMA opina que «durante los próximos años las autoridades municipales, los urbanistas, los diseñadores, los economistas y […]
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Tactics for Urban Growth: An Exhibition | Future Cities

Tactics for Urban Growth: An Exhibition | Future Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Building informally on bottom-up ideas for urban expansion can deliver tactics for sustainable growth.
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A Call for Change: From Collaboration to Participation

A Call for Change: From Collaboration to Participation | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
As MoMA prepares to open the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, the exhibition's curator Pedro Gadanho lays out the active curatorial model of the exhibition.
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DIY Cities. On citizen agency and government accountability

DIY Cities. On citizen agency and government accountability | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Thank You, I´ll Do It Myself
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Exhibition brainstorms “tactical urbanism” for global cities | Citiscope

Exhibition brainstorms “tactical urbanism” for global cities | Citiscope | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Who owns the city?

LSE Cities is an international centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world, focussing on how the design of cities impacts on society, culture and the environment. Through research, conferences, teaching and projects, the centre aims to shape new thinking and practice on how to make cities fairer and more sustainable for the next generation of urban dwellers, who will make up some 70 per cent of the global population by 2050.
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