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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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Making ‘doable’ ideas work for cities

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Mia Birk is president of Alta Planning + Design and a principal of Alta Bicycle Share is a keynote speaker ...
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Urban interaction design: towards city making

Urban interaction design: towards city making | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

This book is an effort to explore the newly emerging field of urban interaction design that addresses these issues. In the first part of the book, 'Foundations', we look into its origins. Where do its practitioners come from? How are they working together? What methodologies do they bring to the table? What are the key concepts they are addressing in their work? In the second part of the book named 'Trends', we go into current developments in the networked city and how urban interaction design as a field addresses these. Taken together, these sections will not give the definite definition or overview of this field. But hopefully there's enough in here to convincingly claim that the further development of the field matters.

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Lean Urbanism is the Next Big Thing - Treehugger

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Lean Urbanism is the Next Big Thing
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That's why so many frustrated people take to tactical urbanism, redesigning intersections in Hamilton or putting up twenty is plenty signs in New York.
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Tactical Urbanism: Community, Collaboration, Innovation, and Learning

Tactical Urbanism: Community, Collaboration, Innovation, and Learning | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Sometime, in an effort to accomplish something in our communities, we move so quickly that we don’t even take the time to slap a label onto what we’re doing—until we come across a lovely term like ...
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Vacant lots into community gardens: a profile of 596 Acres

Vacant lots into community gardens: a profile of 596 Acres | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
596 Acres seeks to turn the abundance of vacant lots in New York City into opportunity. Its mission is to help make unused land in the city accessible and to help transform it into “community resou...
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Instituto Do It Yourself. Counseling Office and workshop open to public use · Intermediæ

Instituto Do It Yourself. Counseling Office and workshop open to public use · Intermediæ | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning

Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Survey reveals cities are planning for climate change, but still searching for links to economic growth.
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Civic crowdfunding and online communities rebuild urban environments

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Proponents of civic crowdfunding say that the goodwill of the online community can be harnessed to improve our urban environments.
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We Own The City – Enabling Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning

Let us be honest. We do not own the city.
And by we, we mean people who are pushing the boundaries of urban development by taking matters into their own hands – taking collective ownership. We are talking about people-driven urban initiatives that adopt an approach that is becoming an increasingly familiar phenomenon in our cities. Still, many conventional actors, such as institutions, architects, government offices and developers, find themselves out of touch and ill-equipped to effectively implement collaborative approaches that link the ‘bottom-up’ with the ‘top-down’ in development practices.

We Own The City aims to bridge this divide. This book reveals the vitality of diverse and dynamic bottom-up initiatives, brought to life in five major cities: Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York City and Taipei.
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Submissions - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Architecture and Design Magazine for the 21st Century. Organizer of the Annual Skyscraper Architectural Competition.
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We Own The City – Enabling Community Practice in Architecture and Urban Planning

Let us be honest. We do not own the city.
And by we, we mean people who are pushing the boundaries of urban development by taking matters into their own hands – taking collective ownership. We are talking about people-driven urban initiatives that adopt an approach that is becoming an increasingly familiar phenomenon in our cities. Still, many conventional actors, such as institutions, architects, government offices and developers, find themselves out of touch and ill-equipped to effectively implement collaborative approaches that link the ‘bottom-up’ with the ‘top-down’ in development practices.

We Own The City aims to bridge this divide. This book reveals the vitality of diverse and dynamic bottom-up initiatives, brought to life in five major cities: Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York City and Taipei.
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Judit Urquijo's curator insight, June 6, 2014 9:22 AM

We own the city es un libro aún en desarrollo y cuya edición está comandada por Francesca Miazzo, de la Fundación Cities de Amsterdam, y Tris Kee, del Departamento de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Hong Kong. Cuenta, igualmente, con la colaboración de numerosos expertos en la materia.


El libro alerta sobre el escaso control que tienen los ciudadanos en las políticas urbanísticas, ya que las mismas han quedado en manos de instituciones, arquitectos, etc., alejándose de la realidad y no implementando una colaboración entre los diferentes actores. De esta forma, el objetivo de esta publicación es recoger iniciativas impulsadas por comunidades locales en las ciudades de Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Moscú, Nueva York y Taipei.


Todos ellos son proyectos que tienen como común denominador la participación de la sociedad civil en la construcción de las ciudades que habitan. Personalmente, considero que se trata de una idea loable orientada hacia la construcción de entornos más humanos y más sostenibles. No en vano y según datos del Banco Mundial, se estima que en el año 2030, el 60% de la población mundial vivirá en áreas urbanas.


Los proyectos recogidos en el libro son de lo más variopintos. Estos son algunos ejemplos:


  • Jardines comunitarios que abastecen de verduras a los restaurantes del entorno, generando posteriormente compost de los sobrantes de la comida servida (Amsterdam).
  • El proyecto “Fly the Flyover”, en Hong Kong, que ha abierto al uso público el espacio sobre el que se levanta el viaducto Kwun Tong (en este vídeo se ven algunas de las actividades que organizan).
  • El mapa de rutas cicloturistas que han creado numerosos activistas en Moscú, decidiendo en qué zonas deben ir instalados los aparcamientos específicos.
  • El Jardín del Edén en New York, un jardín comunitario que está beneficiando a los residentes y a la comunidad mediante la educación ambiental que imparte.
  • La Colina del Tesoro en Taipei, un antiguo asentamiento de gente humilde que el gobierno intentó demoler pero que, ante las protestas ciudadanas, finalmente se ha convertido en un barrio de artistas con una vibrante actividad cultural (en este vídeo se pueden ver algunas de las características de este espacio urbano).


Son, en definitiva, ejemplos del empoderamiento de la ciudadanía por construir un entorno urbano que satisfaga sus necesidades. ¿Servirán los mecanismos de participación ciudadana que se están desarrollando en España como precursores en la creación de nuevas topografías urbanas? Veremos

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Prototyping Festival engages residents to improve public spaces

Prototyping Festival engages     residents to improve public spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Deborah Cullinan is executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Neil Hrushowy is manager of the City ...
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The problems that tactical urbanism must address do not stem from any spatial or design flaw, but that it presents its tactics sans strategy. Those who subscribe to this regime of small-scale spati...

The problems that tactical urbanism must address do not stem from any spatial or design flaw, but that it presents its tactics sans strategy. Those who subscribe to this regime of small-scale spati... | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Aaron Shapiro, “The Tactics That Be: Contesting Tactical Urbanism in New Orleans” (via adhocratic) ("The problems that tactical urbanism must address do not stem from any spatial or design flaw, but that..." http://t.co/zS5k9ytCQA)...
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Using urban experiments to find happier streets

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Photo: East Houston Street, New York City. People reported feeling significantly happier on this gritty, but active tenement block edge ...
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These Towns Show What Even Temporary Urban Renewal Can Bring - NationSwell

These Towns Show What Even Temporary Urban Renewal Can Bring - NationSwell | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Have you ever passed by an uninspiring stretch of your city and thought, 'What this place needs is a beer garden?
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Low-cost projects, long-term change

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Low-cost projects, long-term change Atlanta Journal Constitution Whether you know the term or not, Atlanta is familiar with “tactical urbanism” — the use of creative, short-term and relatively low-cost projects to catalyze a long-term change in...
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Urban Renewal, No Bulldozer. San Francisco Repurposes Old for the Future

Urban Renewal, No Bulldozer. San Francisco Repurposes Old for the Future | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Businesses are planting themselves in existing buildings in San Francisco, while residents are getting little relief from the high housing costs, and new construction faces obstructions.
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Guerrilla gardens: what happens when communities take over council land

Guerrilla gardens: what happens when communities take over council land | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Rebecca Hudson details two projects that show how public land can be used to bring a wide variety of new activities to an area
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The sharing economy: promise and tension

The sharing economy: promise and tension | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
For proponents of the “sharing economy” or of “collaborative consumption”, owning a car that spends more than 92% of its time parked is nothing more than an under-utilisation
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Civic crowdfunding and online communities rebuild urban environments

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Proponents of civic crowdfunding say that the goodwill of the online community can be harnessed to improve our urban environments.
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Espai Germanetes: Activing Vacant Space in the Middle of Barcelona

Espai Germanetes: Activing Vacant Space in the Middle of Barcelona | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Nowadays, citizens all over the world are driving initiatives to improve their immediate urban environment. These actions help to promote a process of naturalization of the city through the improve...
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Renting isn't lending: the 'sharing economy' fallacy

Renting isn't lending: the 'sharing economy' fallacy | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The “sharing economy” seems to be everywhere at the moment. The Economist, the Financial Times and many others have all waxed lyrical about the social significance of using sites such as Airbnb or Uber…
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Hackable Cities: A Toolkit for Re-Imagining Your Neighborhood

Final publication created by Cecilia Tham's studio section of the Strategic Design + Management program at Parsons The New School for Design.

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COMING SOON: 'Tactical Urbanism: The New Vernacular of the Creative City' by Prof. Oli Mould

COMING SOON: 'Tactical Urbanism: The New Vernacular of the Creative City' by Prof. Oli Mould | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
New Geography Compass article coming soon: 'Tactical Urbanism: The New Vernacular of the Creative City' by Prof. Oli Mould ... Provisional Abstract: The recent infatuation of urban governance with ...
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