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Empty Lot for People - Architecture Awareness

Empty Lot for People - Architecture Awareness | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
An empty urban lot becomes alive through the performances of a Hispanic theater group and a dance group from CSULB. The event delivers a powerful message on the need for public urban spaces.
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An outlook on how to activate vacant sites + buildings: adaptive reuse, temporary interventions, bottom-up cities. By @manufernandez and part of @humanscalecity
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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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Grenoble bans street ads, to replace billboards with trees

Grenoble bans street ads, to replace billboards with trees | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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.
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Design Citizens: professional-grassroots urban tactics

Design Citizens: professional-grassroots urban tactics | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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 …
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"The Happy City Experiment | Charles Montgomery

"The Happy City Experiment | Charles Montgomery | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandon c...
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RiusiamoLItalia | Da spazi vuoti a start up culturali e sociali

RiusiamoLItalia | Da spazi vuoti a start up culturali e sociali | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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.
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When the Parking Space Becomes a Park - NYTimes.com

When the Parking Space Becomes a Park - NYTimes.com | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
An idea for your town to use parking spaces. When the Parking Space Becomes a Park #urbanism #tacticalurbanism http://t.co/uOvmTgypUM
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reSITE Conference | The Sharing City

reSITE Conference | The Sharing City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
reSITE is an international festival about collaborative design partnerships for more livable cities.
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DIY urbanism: implications for cities

DIY urbanism: implications for cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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.
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7 old spaces transformed into something cool again

7 old spaces transformed into something cool again | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Be it a dumpster or a dilapidated garage, urban innovators are finding ways to breathe life into long overlooked spaces.
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Sharing Cities Toolkit

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.
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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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Why fragile cities hold the key to stability and development

Why fragile cities hold the key to stability and development | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
City planners who have made some of the world’s most dangerous urban areas safer must share lessons with those where ‘anarchy rules’, says a leading expert. John Vidal reports
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Auckland's Shared Space programme turns streets into places | Vienncouver

Auckland's Shared Space programme turns streets into places | Vienncouver | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In the second part of the A Tale of Two Cities series on shared spaces in Auckland and Vienna, Darren Davis examines Aucklands City Centre shared ...
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Time and regeneration: temporary reuse in lost spaces

Time and regeneration: temporary reuse in lost spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Flavia De Girolamo The problem of under managed spaces …
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Jan Gehl: People-oriented City Planning

Jan Gehl's keynote presentation at the Cities for People Forum at Evergreen BrickWorks on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Jan Gehl is an Architect, Founding Partner…
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Parklets make the New York Times...parklets are over!

Parklets make the New York Times...parklets are over! | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The NYT article adds economic bona fides to the parklet wave, but it’s important not to overlook the value of people-focused public spaces and streets
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Tecnopolíticas, democracia e urbanismo tático - VAC

Tecnopolíticas, democracia e urbanismo tático - VAC | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Tecnopolíticas, democracia e urbanismo tático é uma das atrações do VAC 2014. De 9 de janeiro a 12 de fevereiro em Belo Horizonte.
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A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane

A Sydney Artist's Playful Street Signs Interrupt the Mundane | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
"I would like the viewer to reorient themselves and think about the space they inhabit with others," says Michael Pederson.
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When the Parking Space Becomes a Park

When the Parking Space Becomes a Park | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Often commissioned by small businesses hoping to attract customers, “parklets” can brighten streetscapes and create community gathering spaces.
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Heather Garbo's curator insight, January 12, 12:19 PM

What kind of impact can a parklet have on your community and businesses?

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Special issue on DIY Urbanism - Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability

Special issue on DIY Urbanism - Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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GROWING PAINS

GROWING PAINS | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
BY JONATHAN LERNER From the January 2015 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. In exploding cities around the world, ever-increasing populations of the poor find themselves occupying dense make...
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