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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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10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
With cities seeking to involve diverse voices in city-making to get beyond “the usual suspects,” Vancouver urbanists Brent Toderian and Jillian Glover examine how cities in their region are finding new ways to increase civic participation.
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Are Cities Losing Control Over 'Smart' Initiatives? (Opinion)

Are Cities Losing Control Over 'Smart' Initiatives? (Opinion) | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Data-driven transformation raises question of how much power to keep vs. farm out.
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Fighting Traffic One Paint Brush at a Time

Fighting Traffic One Paint Brush at a Time | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Frustrated by government inaction, citizens in cities across the country are taking traffic problems into their own hands. But the cities aren't always thankful.
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How 6 Pop-Up Art Pods Are Making A Vacant Lot Useful Again

How 6 Pop-Up Art Pods Are Making A Vacant Lot Useful Again | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
A waterfront property in Northern Ireland has been abandoned for more than a decade. So city officials decided to provide some quick inspiration with...
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Tactical Economy? | Wise Economy

Tactical Economy? | Wise Economy | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Really loving tactical urbanism as a way to get stuff done MT @dellarucker: Tactical #econdev http://t.co/E4v0flqZOr #econdev #IEDC
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Researching Makers: Hackerspaces, Repair, and Civic Hacking | MIT Center for Civic Media

Researching Makers: Hackerspaces, Repair, and Civic Hacking | MIT Center for Civic Media | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Why purpose-built cities may not solve living problems

Why purpose-built cities may not solve living problems | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
What’s better, living in a new city raised from the ground or in an existing city that’s free to adapt? Here’s where designers and dwellers disagree.

Via Derek DeWitt
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Why Social Urbanism Matters for Sharing Cities

Why Social Urbanism Matters for Sharing Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The Paris Plage along the Seine, pictured above, is an ideal public space.
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Amsterdam Legitimizes Airbnb with New Short-Term Rental Rules

Amsterdam Legitimizes Airbnb with New Short-Term Rental Rules | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Amsterdam City Council created a new category of accommodation Thursday that makes it legal for city residents to occasionally rent their homes to tourists.
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Make_Shift City - Renegotiating the Urban Commons

Make_Shift City - Renegotiating the Urban Commons | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Jovis Verlag Berlin - Architektur, Fotografie und Film - architecture, photo and film - Seit 1995 veroeffentlicht der Jovis Verlag Titel zu Architektur, Film, Fotografie sowie Zeit- und Kulturgeschichte. Bücher mit anspruchsvollen Inhalten in hochwertiger
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Makeshift implies a temporary or expedient substitute for something else, something missing. Make-Shift City extends the term to embrace urban design strategies. “Make-Shift City” implies a condition of insecurity: the inconstant, the imperfect and the indeterminate. It also implies the designing act of shifting or reinterpretation as a form of urban détournement. Austerity urbanism and the increasing scarcity of resources among the cities and boroughs of Europe in particular has far-reaching consequences for civic space. Where there is a lack of regular planning processes, gaps arise as open spaces that enable an ad-hoc informal urban design. What often results is a process of urban commoning: the renegotiation of shared spaces and shared resources. This urbanism of small acts is an emancipatory practice; a re-imagining of the city space and its potentialities. 

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Top 10 Things a City Can Do To Become a Shareable City - Collaborative Consumption

Top 10 Things a City Can Do To Become a Shareable City - Collaborative Consumption | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Designing for public health | Arup Connect

Designing for public health | Arup Connect | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The Active Design movement wants to improve public health through changes to the built environment. We spoke with Reena Agarwal and Suzanne Nienaber of New York-based nonprofit the Center for Active Design to learn more.
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How Can Urban Interventions Improve Everyday Life in the City?

How Can Urban Interventions Improve Everyday Life in the City? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Famous Blogger Urbanshit posed a question to graphic design studio a common name how they believe urban interventions can improve cities? Read the truly multifaceted answer
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Artist uses creativity to build community connections

Artist uses creativity to build community connections | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Hunter Franks, an artist and founder of the Neighborhood Postcard Project, will spread his ideas for community building to new ...
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Hands on Urbanism

Hands on Urbanism | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Here's an interesting event to check out! CCE PRESENTS: CITYECOLOGY.NET Hands-On Urbanism: How to Make a Difference Alignments Between Architecture, Landscape, Planning, Art, Activism, and Civic En...
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Informal networks provide essential services in cities | Green Futures Magazine

Informal networks provide essential services in cities | Green Futures Magazine | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In cities across the world, people are coming together in informal networks to deliver services in waste collection, water supply and community welfare that officials fail to deliver. It's time to recognise their value, says Ben Goldfarb. In October 2011, as rising floodwaters threatened to submerge Bangkok, the Thai Government stumbled.
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Temporary Urbanism: A Tool Towards Adaptable Futures « Canning ...

Temporary Urbanism: A Tool Towards Adaptable Futures « Canning ... | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The value of sharing these three stories is the opportunity for concrete anecdotes to shed light on aspects of temporary urbanism, to argue for recognition and support of bottom-up urban shaping, and to challenge the currently unhelpful ...
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From the Good Ideas file: 100 ways to make your town fun.

From the Good Ideas file: 100 ways to make your town fun. | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
What's that got to do with your local economy?  Easy: people spend money in places they find fun.  And they spend more time in places where they have fun.  And, from the book, That Which Makes You ...
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Creativity is the medicine to move from ideas to action

Creativity is the medicine to move from ideas to action | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Today in cities around the world people are mobilizing ideas to foster change. From the “indignados” in Madrid, to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York to the massive mobilizations in the Av...
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The Revitalizing Power of Alleys

The Revitalizing Power of Alleys | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Cities around the country are implementing alley improvement programs as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, with benefits to the economy and the environment. A recent article celebrates the strides cities have made in reclaiming alley spaces.
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