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.
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.
The French city of Grenoble will become the first in Europe to remove all commercial advertising from its streets, with the city’s Green mayor promising to replace the signs and billboards with trees and community noticeboards.
For one dreary rainy afternoon this past July, an underpass of Ottawa’s Queensway was overtaken by acoustic guitars and hot pink shag carpets. With bicycles and runners, and the rumble of the O-Train and highway as a backdrop, passersby were invited to play a song on the guitar or lounge on the carpeted concrete slopes …
Riusiamo l'Italia � il road book di Giovanni Campagnoli, che parte da una ricerca sulle buone pratiche di riuso degli spazi. Tema attuale, in quanto oggi l'Italia � piena di spazi vuoti e riuscire a riusarne anche solo una minima parte, affidandoli a delle start up culturali e sociali, pu� diventare una leva a basso costo per favorire l'occupabilit� giovanile.
A burgeoning do-it-yourself (DIY) urbanism movement is gaining notice in American and global cities as amateur designers create and implement small-scale interventions in urban public spaces. While tactics vary widely and may have some benefits for certain users, they nonetheless have the potential to complicate careful and considered long-term planning and urban design strategies. This article describes the historical and recent precedents upon which the current DIY urbanism movement is built and evaluates DIY interventions in light of their implications for cities, particularly how cities might engage with DIY projects in ways that maximize their potential for positive change while meeting objectives such as public safety, equity, and adherence to long-range visions.
Responding to the calls from organizers in the SCN who articulated the need for a cohesive repository of the tools and resources necessary to support their cities on the path to becoming a Sharing City.
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.