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Urban commons, DIY cities, tactical urbanism, adaptive reuse, temporary interventions, bottom-up cities. By @manufernandez and part of @humanscalecity
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How Tactical Urbanism Can Help Build a #BetterMainStreet

How Tactical Urbanism Can Help Build a #BetterMainStreet | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
“So you want to transform your downtown but don't have the financial resources? Not a big deal. Government at all levels has no money? No problem. Developers can’t get financing for that next big project downtown?”
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Maintain, demolish, re-purpose: Policy design for vacant land management using decision models

Maintain, demolish, re-purpose: Policy design for vacant land management using decision models | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Vacant land: The new urban green?

The online version of Cities at ScienceDirect.com, the world's leading platform for high quality peer-reviewed full-text journals.
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Tactical Urban: The New Vernacular of the Creative City

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Tactical Urban: The New Vernacular of the Creative City (@AnnDeslandes http://t.co/rNjx41t692

paper from @olimould on tactical urbanism)
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David Week's curator insight, August 11, 2014 1:18 AM

Like tactical, like vernacular, not so keen on "creative", which seems opposed to emergent.

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Pop-Up City: City-Making In A Fluid World

Pop-Up City: City-Making In A Fluid World | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Why are big brands moving their flagship stores into shipping containers? How come that offices start to look like bars? And why do architects want to design a house on legs these days?
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David Week's curator insight, September 11, 2014 1:04 AM

Once pop-ups are taken over by big brands, it's a sign that that the pop-up is dead as a form of city-making. Why? Because we already have access to big-brands, and the original function of the pop-up was to make the city available to people and activities which didn't previously have a place. Now the best places will be taken by the same-old same-old.

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Playgrounds. Reinventar la plaza

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Playgrounds. Reinventar la plaza. Los múltiples espacios de juego “playgrounds” y su potencial socializador y transgresor quedan recogidos por primera vez en esta publicación, producto de una investigación que ha dado lugar a la exposición monográfica del mismo título. El catálogo recoge las propuestas de diversos artistas y colectivos dentro de una entramada articulación teórica, dónde el elemento lúdico de la obra de arte se enlaza con conceptos relacionados con la esfera pública, explorando la ciudad como tablero de juego, interrogando la actualidad del carnaval, reivindicando el derecho a la pereza y descubriendo las posibilidades de un nuevo mundo a partir de sus desechos. Doce ensayos completan un extenso catálogo de más de 300 obras.
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What Do We Do With Old Public Payphones?

What Do We Do With Old Public Payphones? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Resurrecting cities' phone-booth systems with Wi-Fi hotspots, tiny art galleries, and more.
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TNOC Encore: Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities

TNOC Encore: Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, August 3, 2014 8:04 PM

Identifying vacant land for ecological and food production purposes can assist with urban climate extremes and food security!

David Week's curator insight, August 5, 2014 8:12 AM

Important that some urban niches be devoted to our natural friends.

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Espacio público y participación ciudadana en proyectos urbanos

Espacio público y participación ciudadana en proyectos urbanos | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Aquí van mis notas y la presentación de la conferencia en el curso sobre sostenibilidad de ciudades en Santander el 30 de julio. Enmarcada en una sesión más amplia compartida con David Sim (Gehl Architects), la exposición trataba de acercar algunas ideas críticas sobre cómo abordar proyectos de participación ciudadana en espacios públicos.

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San Francisco Considering Property Tax Break for Urban Gardens

San Francisco Considering Property Tax Break for Urban Gardens | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering adopting an "Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone" policy to incentivize the development of urban gardens on empty lots (which actually do exist in San Francisco). "Until now, the city has given few incentives to would-be urban garden developers. But a new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would create what’s called an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone for property owners willing to convert their empty lots to urban gardens," reports Mark Kelly.
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Vacancy Studies: Designing Temporariness — Failed Architecture

Vacancy Studies: Designing Temporariness — Failed Architecture | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In their new book, RAAAF encourages us to look at vacancy not as a problem but as potential for spatial, economic and institutional innovation.
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São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy – Land8

São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy – Land8 | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
“São Paulo Transforms Parklets into Public Policy. #urbanism #tacticalurbanism http://t.co/rqvg3nYvJK”;
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The right to infrastructure: a prototype for open source urbanism

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David Week's curator insight, August 5, 2014 8:03 AM

But the central issue of cities is not infrastructure, but land = location = access.

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Do-It-Yourself Urban Design - The Ideas Arcade

Do-It-Yourself Urban Design - The Ideas Arcade | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
What would you fix if you could in your neighbourhood? If it involves any kind of physical civic improvements – better signposting perhaps, or...
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Engaging communities in public spaces

Presentation at Inter American Development Bank summer course on urban sustainability (Santander, 30th July 2014) http://santanderciudadessostenibles.tumblr.c
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David Week's curator insight, July 31, 2014 8:04 PM

I didn't seen this, but I wish I had.

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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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