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Crowd-funding Public Space

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Living Innovation Zones in San Francisco It is in our common interest to create a city where quality of life is the key objective. We all have an opportunity as well as a shared responsibility to h...
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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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Tactical Urbanism Guide 2014

Tactical Urbanism Guide 2014 | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
How to make long-term change in your neighbourhood with short-term actions. Vol 4 of the free Tactical Urbanism Guide heads down under for placemaking tips and tactics from Australia and New Zealand.
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Rethinking the sedentary city | Arup Connect

Rethinking the sedentary city | Arup Connect | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
As the damaging health effects of sedentary lifestyles become increasingly clear, medical professionals, designers, and policymakers are paying more attention
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Klaus Overmeyer On The Importance Of Urban Pioneers

Klaus Overmeyer On The Importance Of Urban Pioneers | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In 2007, Overmeyer published a book called Urban Pioneers, in which he wanted to emphasise the strategic importance of temporary use projects for urban development.
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6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you'll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities?
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15 Participatory Budgeting Projects that Give Power to the People

15 Participatory Budgeting Projects that Give Power to the People | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
15 Participatory Budgeting Projects
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David Week's curator insight, October 15, 6:03 PM

Participatory budgeting is really taking off. It's a first step and important towards more participatory governance. What other steps could be taken using the same technological platforms?

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Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impact investors and think tanks about the potential of this space and what it means for the future.

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Extreme adaptive reuse: from Death Strip to public karaoke venue - OpenCity Projects

Extreme adaptive reuse: from Death Strip to public karaoke venue - OpenCity Projects | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Sitting on the cold stones of Mauerpark’s amphitheatre, people can really surprise you. A small, timid-looking woman is called to take the stage, and as she hesitantly takes her mic and awaits her introduction, you become anxious for her. She … Read More
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The Petite Ceinture: the battle over Paris's abandoned railway

The Petite Ceinture: the battle over Paris's abandoned railway | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A unique 19-mile belt of neglected green space in the very centre of the French capital is sparking debate among environmentalists and entrepreneur around the future direction of development in the city
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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, October 12, 11:47 PM

Amazing and diverse communities have accessed this disused railway line over time not to mention the ecological corridor for other inhabitants that has been created by its disuse.

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Four types of placemaking

Four types of placemaking | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in.
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David Week's curator insight, October 12, 5:10 AM

Nice typology of urban placemaking. And a nice definition of placemaking.

Suzette Jackson's curator insight, October 13, 6:45 PM

So what is Tactical Urbanism? It is the short term, often one day testing of urban solutions through activation! GeelongBetterBlock is a great example of this, inspired by urban activations in the USA by Jason Roberts andAndrew Howard.

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Be Wilder: Designing Urban Futures from the Bottom-Up (Part 4 of 4)

Be Wilder: Designing Urban Futures from the Bottom-Up (Part 4 of 4) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Throughout the last month, we’ve been exploring the topic of urban ecology
from a few different perspectives.
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David Week's curator insight, October 7, 7:26 PM

So often we think of "placemaking" in terms of streets, squares and parks. But many community concerns are not about the formal spaces, but the informal, the streams, the back lanes and unused edges… Let's remember them as well.

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Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.
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David Week's curator insight, October 7, 7:24 PM

Jaime Lerner's book… a must read, no matter WHAT it's about! (PS: I think acupuncture is a terrible metaphor. I want to see Urban GP!)

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better.
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Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA)

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Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA)
Christchurch is an exciting place to be this week in terms of creative and collective city-making. With the free, public and urban-scale Festival of...

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6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner — Mobility Lab

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner — Mobility Lab | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as […]

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Robert Cowley's curator insight, October 18, 5:25 AM

Creative engagement yes, but can "fun" really tackle structural problems?

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Hacenderas · Red Vecinal

Hubo un tiempo en que las vecinas y vecinos debían colaborar en la realización de algunos trabajos comunitarios por ser de utilidad común. Era la denominada hacendera (andecha en asturiano o auzolan en euskera).
Un grupo de iniciativas ciudadanas de gestión democrática e intervención en espacios públicos (la Red de Huertos Urbanos de Madrid, El Campo de Cebada, el Centro Social Seco, el Espacio Vecinal Montamarta, el Albergue de San Fermín, Todo por la Praxis, Intermediae...) quiere recuperar ese espíritu en un entorno urbano.
Uno de sus primeros "inventos" es el Intercambiadero, una herramienta web de intercambio de recursos (sillas, equipos de sonido, herramientas para el huerto, "maderos" para construir muebles o estructuras...).
Si quieres conocer este espacio de debate,intercambio y coordinación, pásate el miércoles 9 de abril por el centro sociocultural Mariano Muñoz, ¡que tocamos a hacendera!
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ReSurfaced: A Look at Tactical Urbanism Done Right

ReSurfaced: A Look at Tactical Urbanism Done Right | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Learn how changing one vacant lot transformed a community.
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Archope's curator insight, October 14, 12:08 PM

La ocupación de baldios urbanos, creando espacios significativos

David Week's curator insight, October 14, 4:23 PM

Nice.

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Is tactical urbanism right for your community?

Is tactical urbanism right for your community? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
It sounds more like a military exercise than something urban planners and urban planning aficionados can learn about. In reality, tactical urbanism is a grassroots movement for citizens to make cha...
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David Week's curator insight, October 13, 7:07 PM

A good question. But as important is the idea behind it: tactical urbanism has it's limits. Building heights, public transport, rail lines, the distribution of workplaces and retail… these are not tactical issues. They're strategic. So: how does tactical urbanism interact with strategic urbanism? What are the limits of one and the beginnings of the other? The strengths and weaknesses of each?

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Putting people first New ebook details Seoul’s Sharing City project

Putting people first New ebook details Seoul’s Sharing City project | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul’s metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the Sharing City, Seoul projects, at both the community- and municipal-level, that form this new sharing mega-city.

As the Sharing City, Seoul ebook introduction notes, while Seoul is spearheading a sharing revolution, sharing is not new to its residents. Seoul is a city with a rich cultural heritage of sharing, including labor exchanges called “poomasi” and farmers’ coops called “dure.” Today, with 10 million residents—the majority of them possessing smartphones—and a government committed to creating a sharing culture, Seoul is well-positioned to bring mass sharing to one of the densest cities in the world.
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David Week's curator insight, October 13, 7:08 PM

A free ebook on how the Koreans are taking the lead on sharing.

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Activist architects: Designing social change

Activist architects: Designing social change | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Architecture culture has changed, but challenges facing the 21st century city cannot be addressed by architects alone.
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'Open Source' Place-making

'Open Source' Place-making | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Essay arguing for a new approach to the development of real estate, informed by the rise of non-profit enterprise, the internet economy and sustainable development. Commissioned by UK agencies Architecture + Design Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Regeneration, as part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the Scottish Government.
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David Week's curator insight, October 6, 4:37 PM

Nice essay which echoes many of the themes we discuss in Cities By Citizens: the various forms of piecemeal, experimental design; the cultural influence of the Internet as a new model of social organisation; the increased demand of citizens to be heard and to take part.

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Tactical Urbanism | Island Press

Tactical Urbanism | Island Press | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Tactical Urbanism



In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives—have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia

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