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Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | #urbanism

Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | #urbanism | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A salute to those special places—some humble, some utterly utilitarian—that give a city its unique personality and collective soul.

 

The six places and objects shown at the link are urban amenities of a particular kind, but really they’re much more than that. These are the distinct features in the landscape that give a city its unique character. Every city has them. They can be supremely useful (the parkettes in Toronto, Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, D.C.’s fabulous subway stations) or gloriously idiosyncratic (the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh’s charming Inclines, the incongruous gas lamps of sunny San Diego).

All of them, however, play a beloved civic role that transcends their mere function, lending a kind of quiet poetry to daily life, grace notes to the grind. Six writers and designers, one from each city, reflect on these special characters in the urban landscape...


Via Lauren Moss, ParadigmGallery, luiy
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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:54 PM

This thought from the article sums it up for me...."believe that we can be great and that change is possible and that we can achieve it."

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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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When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In?

When Cities Become Science, Where Does Art Fit In? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
As big data pushes us toward a full-blown quantitative science of cities, a unique project in Rochester, New York, has commentator Adam Frank appreciating the role of public art in urban living.
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Croydon Meanwhile Use Toolkit – Get Into a Space

Croydon Meanwhile Use Toolkit – Get Into a Space | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Meanwhile Use turns empty spaces and places into opportunities for communities and businesses. This Meanwhile Use Toolkit has been designed to provide practical steps, essential resources and some key case studies for setting up a Meanwhile Use in the London Borough of Croydon.
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Will tactical urbanism transform urban planning?

Will tactical urbanism transform urban planning? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
David Week, Co-Founder, Cities without Citizens will examine the known weaknesses in traditional urban planning and the social and technological changes which have both driven and enabled tactical ...
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Joan Vorderbruggen: reawakening empty storefronts to their community potential

Joan Vorderbruggen: reawakening empty storefronts to their community potential | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Arguably, artist Joan Vorderbruggen and her Block E “Made Here” project planted the kiss on the lips of Sleeping Ugly and reawakened the space to its potential. (Joan Vorderbruggen: reawakening empty storefronts to their community potential.
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Adaptive Streets: Strategies for Transforming the Urban Right-of-Way

Adaptive Streets is an illustrated handbook to inspire and guide citizens, planners and officials to re-imagine how our streets can be adapted to increase utility and delight as well as enhance human and environmental health.
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Assemble: from pop-ups to grown-ups

Assemble: from pop-ups to grown-ups | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
London-based collective Assemble caught the eye with their 2010 pop-up cinema. Now their improvised architecture is focused on social change, writes Rowan Moore
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Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy | News | Archinect

Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy | News | Archinect | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country – and perhaps the first public urban park in the world.
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Another case of small-scale urban experimentation…

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Project for Public Spaces | Streets as Places: How Transportation can Create a Sense of Community

Project for Public Spaces | Streets as Places: How Transportation can Create a Sense of Community | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
How transport that's well designed for the right things can build strong communities http://t.co/CAhKiddczq via @FutureofPlaces #SmartCities
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Park(ing) Day to Parklet in 6 Steps

Park(ing) Day to Parklet in 6 Steps | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Six simple steps to turn a one-day parking space reinvention into a parklet.
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David Week's curator insight, June 27, 12:00 AM

Nice idea about turning a temporary intervention (Parking Day) into a permanent one (Parklet). But will this actually work, given the heavy machinery of government... Especially in dealing with the engineers that govern roads and transport?

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Social sustainability: the "how" of human experience

Social sustainability: the "how" of human experience | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Angelique Edmonds argues that design-led public engagement is key to fostering a sense of community.
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How to Build a Better Neighborhood

How to Build a Better Neighborhood | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The group Better Block is proving that improvised, cheap D.I.Y. weekend block parties can jump-start transformations to more people-centered urban areas.
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David Week's curator insight, June 22, 6:37 PM

The problem is this: Government is too slow, and distant from the citizens. This is largely a result of the fact that most governments were started when cities were small. Cities grew, and the mayor of 2,000 people became the mayor of 200,000 people. Government lost touch. Initiatives like this fix the problem by returning not just voice, but the power of action to the citizen.

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Tactical urbanism: the city as a laboratory for change

Tactical urbanism: the city as a laboratory for change | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Tactical urbanism (tak-ti-kuhl ur-buh-niz-uhm): a method of testing innovative concepts for urban policy change through low-cost projects built by bringing together creative people and ideas. When ...
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Livable cities are becoming a science, but civic engagement is still an art

Livable cities are becoming a science, but civic engagement is still an art | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Photos by Emily Munroe, 8-80 Cities. What do bike lanes and parklets have to do with supporting informed and engaged ...
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RSA - Developing Socially Productive Places

RSA - Developing Socially Productive Places | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Estrategias de reactivación transitoria de activos urbanos en desuso

Estrategias de reactivación transitoria de activos urbanos en desuso | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

La Diputación de Barcelona acaba de publicar Estrategias de reactivación transitoria de activos urbanos en desuso, un texto de hace prácticamente un año que preparé como parte de los trabajos que realicé con la Oficina Técnica de Estrategias para el Desarrollo Económico para un grupo de trabajo de municipios de la provincia interesados en estos temas. En los últimos temas le he ido dedicando menos tiempo a estas cuestiones, pero siempre está presente y de alguna forma vuelve en forma de conferencias o de próximas actividades a final de año (que podré compartir pronto cuando se cierre un poco más el tema).

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So What Exactly is Placemaking?

So What Exactly is Placemaking? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Have you ever been in a great public space where it just felt good to be there and where you would go back again and again?  This is Placemaking! Planners,...
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WikiCity: How Tactical Urbanism is Improving Me...

WikiCity: How Tactical Urbanism is Improving Me... | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Across the globe, citizens are taking control of their cities by implementing the changes governments aren't providing. We recently met with Alejandro Morales and Jimena Veloz to discuss their work...
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Urban citizens getting creative with public space

Urban citizens getting creative with public space | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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People are afraid that if their fellow citizens are allowed to add to public space, they'll either colonise it or wreck it. They might, sometimes. But what if other 99% of the time, they do something great?
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Tactical Urbanism a Shadow of the Future

Tactical Urbanism a Shadow of the Future | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Tactical urbanism, citizens taking typically government-performed tasks into their own hands, is gaining ground. This is just a sign of things to come. (Tactical Urbanism a Shadow of the Future.
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Taking back the streets: Tactical Urbanism brings change

Taking back the streets: Tactical Urbanism brings change | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In Hamilton, Ontario, a demonstration of how tactical urbanism can actually work.
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Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future

Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
From Chicago to Seoul, the sharing economy can transform business and cities, boosting urban resilience and sustainability (Sharing economy will not single-handedly rebuild local economies or solve the jobs crisis, but it will help:
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A DIY guide for creative citizens

A DIY guide for creative citizens | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
This post is by the project's Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves Excellent day’s discussion in Bristol with some authors of DIY Citizenship, a new book from MIT Press which tackles ma...
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Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism

Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

RT @audrey_renee: Worth a re-read: Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism by @shannonmattern: http://t.co/Qbn5lWqG6n

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Hack Your City: 12 Creative DIY Urbanism Interventions | Urbanist

Hack Your City: 12 Creative DIY Urbanism Interventions | Urbanist | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
If city officials won’t do their part to make public spaces more fun, efficient, useful, comfortable and creative, citizens will take matters into their ...
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Urban acupuncture, by Jaime Lerner (forthcoming book)

Urban acupuncture, by Jaime Lerner (forthcoming book) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban acupuncture, by Jaime Lerner (forthcoming book)
During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global...
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