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A DIY approach to cope with economic crisis and climate change in cities.
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Open Source Urbanism: Venice Biennale Puts Spotlight On Renegade Redesigners - Cities - GOOD

Open Source Urbanism: Venice Biennale Puts Spotlight On Renegade Redesigners - Cities - GOOD | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Exhibit honors yarn bombers, guerrilla gardeners and all manner of DIY civic activists as agents of radical creative disruption.
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Turning Vacant Lots from Eyesore to Opportunity | Planetizen

Turning Vacant Lots from Eyesore to Opportunity | Planetizen | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Vacant lots in American cities consume vast amounts of land, which many are now recognizing as places of opportunity. Some cities and citizens are transforming once empty urban spaces into vibrant community-fostering places.
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DIY urban intervention: More work in progress

DIY urban intervention: More work in progress | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Urban Studies journal is seeking submissions to a special issue on the topic of DIY urbanism. A first stab at an abstract: Too small to fail? Notes towards an ethics of DIY urban intervention In De...
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Keynote Speech : Rob Hopkins and “the biggest urban brainwave of the century”

Keynote Speech : Rob Hopkins and “the biggest urban brainwave of the century” | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
We are delighted to confirm Dr Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes as a Keynote Speaker at the 3rd International Place Branding and 2nd Institute of Place M...
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Shareable: How to Rebuild the City as a Platform

Shareable: How to Rebuild the City as a Platform | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

In response, cities are embracing the concept of the “city as a platform,” a hyper-connected urban environment that harnesses the network effects, openness, and agility of the real-time web. It’s a model most recently adopted by the City of Palo Alto, which announced an ambitious open data initiative on August 2nd.

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14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Ideas about creating sustainable places where people actually want to live.
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ECObox. Mobile devices and urban tactics - Architecture - Domus

ECObox. Mobile devices and urban tactics - Architecture - Domus | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Partecipation as a means to transform
a vancant site in La Chapelle district in Paris. Design by Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu–aaa (atelier d’architecture autogérée). Text by Ruth Morrow. Photos by aaa.
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Shareable: Can Civic Crowdfunding Kickstart Urban Innovation?

Shareable: Can Civic Crowdfunding Kickstart Urban Innovation? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Kickstarter has been very successful at funding art, music, and design projects that may have not been funded through traditional channels. But will civic crowdfunding—the direct funding of public projects by citizens—prove as successful?

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The Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces | On the Commons

The Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces | On the Commons | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
It’s a dark and wintry night in Copenhagen, and the streets are bustling. The temperature stands above freezing, but winds blow hard enough to knock down a good share of the bicycles parked all around.
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The time of the temporary city

The time of the temporary city | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

The process of territorial expansion we have experienced in the last two decades particularly in the years before the economic crisis is one of the elements that best contextualizes not only the causes of this crisis but also the significant impact it had. The way in which local policy has been understood and the role of urban development projects have left a complex map of underutilized infrastructure, public facilities without financial support, failed housing developments, unfinished industrial developments, urban vacant lots, etc. Unfortunately, we were only been able to understand the diagnosis when it was too late. Climbing out of this crisis from a local policy perspective means finding ways to activate and convert these passives into public assets.

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New ‘Tactical Urbanism’ guide for aspiring guerrilla urbanists

New ‘Tactical Urbanism’ guide for aspiring guerrilla urbanists | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
With a few trees, some sidewalk tables, and lots of community input, a Dallas street was transformed.Photo: Go Oak Cliff Do you have the power to make your city a better place? It might be easier t...
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San Francisco Embraces the Pop-Up for Neighborhood Revitalization - Cities - GOOD

San Francisco Embraces the Pop-Up for Neighborhood Revitalization - Cities - GOOD | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In San Francisco, pop-up incubator SQFT attempts to showcase the potential of temporary business for economic development...
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The Limits of Pop-Up Urbanism

The Limits of Pop-Up Urbanism | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

I guess it’s difficult to know when and where to adopt a “pop-up” urbanist approach, and when to rely on more precise engineering with design clarity. The only thing I can really say is that sometimes a temporary approach is not helpful. Sometimes it is.

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The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

The evolution of the parklet suggests that fly-by-night urban interventions can lead to something much more permanent. And this is the idea behind a series of "urban prototyping" festivals created by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. “We’re working with lessons learned form the parklet and Rebar and others to inform how projects that start at the small experimental prototyping scale can grow and expand across neighborhoods and cities,” says Jake Levitas, research director at GAFFTA.

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Inventing the Next Parklet: Urban Prototyping Project Looks for Easily Replicated Public Space Ideas

Inventing the Next Parklet: Urban Prototyping Project Looks for Easily Replicated Public Space Ideas | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

The Urban Prototyping: 2012 San Francisco festival just wrapped up its open call for proposals, and selected 18 teams out of 90 applications to...

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Brickstarter – Fact Card: Spacehive

Brickstarter – Fact Card: Spacehive | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification. What?
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Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities

Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Walk through any major city and you’ll see vacant land. These are the weed lots, garbage strewn undeveloped spaces, and high crime areas that most urban residents consider blights on the neighborhood. In some cases, neighbors have organized to transform these spaces into community amenities such as shared garden spaces, but all too often these lots persist as unrecognized opportunities for urban improvement. In densely populated cities with sometimes few opportunities for new park or green space development, small vacant lots could provide green relief, especially in low-income areas with reduced access to urban parkland.

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Between the Net and the Street - Design - Architect Magazine

Between the Net and the Street - Design - Architect Magazine | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Brendan Crain looks at informal urbanism through the lens of Bruce Sterling's "An Essay on the New Aesthetic."...
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Sustainable Cities Canada » Hack Your City: an Interview with David Eaves

Sustainable Cities Canada » Hack Your City: an Interview with David Eaves | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

I recently caught up with open data expert David Eaves to talk about green urbanism and open data in more detail. Based in Vancouver, Eaves is an internationally recognized consultant and activist in the field.  We’ve spoken a few times over the years.  Despite being amazingly busy, I’ve always found him to be thoughtful and insightful. Squeezed in between back to back trips to China and Washington, our most recent conversation was no exception.

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…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome?

…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Ten people each contribute $100 a month into a pool. They meet once a month and discuss possible projects to support. Each month, they give a grant of $1000 to a project that meets a simple criterion: it’s awesome.

That’s the logic behind the Awesome Foundation, founded by Tim Hwang and friends, brilliantly built and managed by Christia Xu. Awesome Foundation now has 50 chapters in 10 countries and has given 252 grants, sponsoring awesome projects like Float, which attaches air pollution sensors to kites to report on air quality, and Free the Billboards, which invites people to visualize alternatives to unsightly billboards by photobombing them. (Full disclosure – I’m on the board of Institute for Higher Awesome Studies, the shadowy organization that acts as an umbrella organization for the individual Awesome chapters.)

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San Francisco's Urban Agriculture Law, a milestone for the freedom to grow

San Francisco's Urban Agriculture Law, a milestone for the freedom to grow | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

B-Corporations will no longer make it illegal for companies to do social good as part of their central mission (NY State law), and this new legislation will help legalize growing food in the city. (if you don’t believe that growing food is illegal, read John Robb’s story below). Amongst the general darkness of living in a time of a decomposing system, positive changes are also happening. P2P imaginaries AND realities are slowly taking hold, and disparate patterns of emergence are finding their way to each other.

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The Economic Secret of Vacant City Spaces

The Economic Secret of Vacant City Spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Most of us feel attached to our neighborhoods, but can this emotional connection help fuel local economies? According to a multi-year study by Gallup and the John S. and James L.
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What Will Pop-up Tomorrow?

What Will Pop-up Tomorrow? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The pop-up urbanism trend that started with parklets in San Francisco is spreading across the country. These temporary parks in place of parking spots have shown up in Oakland, Portland, Los Angele...
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DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks! | Inhabitat New York City

DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks! | Inhabitat New York City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Softwalks, an amazing green initiative, has unveiled kits that turn scaffolding into fun and easy pop-up public parks.
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Shareable: Policies for a Shareable City

Shareable: Policies for a Shareable City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Policies for a Shareable City: A 20-Part Series with the Sustainable Economies Law Center

Car Sharing and Parking Sharing Ride Sharing Bike Sharing Shareable Commercial Spaces Shareable Housing Homes as Sharing Hubs Shareable Neighborhoods Shareable Workspaces Recreational and Green Spaces Shareable Rooftops Urban Agriculture Food Sharing Public Libraries The Shareable City Employee Worry-Free Sharing Cooperative Enterprise Shareable Exchange and Financial Platforms Democracy and Decision-Making Making Sharing Part of the Culture of the City Energy
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