When The Edible Bus Stop officially opened its garden along the 322 bus route on Landor Road on Saturday 18 May, it became London’s first ‘pocket park’ to be completed with matched funding from the Mayor’s Pocket Park Programme.
“First you need to find out if the community actually wants it,” says Gilchrist. “Then you animate the space - and you do that humbly by getting people to donate their time and plants. This shows people what even a little bit can do and gets them behind it.”
That time is also important for building your reputation. As early as May 2012, The Edible Bus Stop was being profiled in The Atlanticand being featured in the Guardian and The Telegraph for its Riot of Colour Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity. As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks.
Does the design of streets, for example, influence who our friends are?
What are the key factors that shape the networks of a connected city?
To what degree do influential people matter to the connected city?
cc occupy commons peer to peer networks: 'Transition Streets’, the street-by-street behaviour change model = very effective self-organising tool. Created by Transition Town Totnes which was the winner of the 2011 Ashden Award for behaviour change.
Space is a basic resource. Architecture has the capacity to essentially affect the overall management of space. As a result, it is incumbent upon it to be aware of the elementary politics inherent in every architectural activity.
"Sentiment analysis" of social media could change the way you report potholes forever.
The challenge for cities is how they might parse social media sentiment about not just one dish detergent (or one frequently Googled query during flu season), but about numerous interlocking indexes of civic life. Are parents in Chicago supportive of the teachers’ strike? What are New York subway riders saying about that new trash program? Or Los Angelenos about the crackdown on pot dispensaries? Is there a flare-up of graffiti concern on the west side of the city? Or a collision on the east side about to erupt into an all-out traffic jam?
“What is the one thing you can do to make a city more sustainable? That’s easy. Stop asking the question: What is the one thing you can do to make a city more sustainable?” How we should really be tackling the debate and issue is by first recognizing that cities are hyper-complex and none exactly alike. Meaning, every single one will have different solutions and every single one will need different solutions as it changes over time. Although these complexities and diversities sound like a strain on our ability to combat the problems faced, Warren Karlenzig argues that the dynamics and inter-connections of urban areas are what give them their “strength against shocks and stresses”. They are our gift and our curse.
Collective Intelligence--Cities as Global Intelligence Platform [video]
Cities and regions in the UK face ever-increasing economic, social and environmental challenges. They compete for investment in what is now a single global economy. Demographics are changing with more than 90% of the population now living in urban areas, and where the number of people aged over 65 will double to 19 million by 2050. The resources we consume are becoming more expensive, with cities especially vulnerable to disruptions in supply.
'Ms. Keesmaat ends her article with an urgent call: "all hands on deck". City building is now the most important task we face. The task is daunting - local, national and international cooperation is needed.' Sustainable Cities Collective (SCC) offer valuable insights into the kinds of policy trends we will see in response to the circumstances of the 21st century. As well as a greater integration of multiple intelligences between city officials and governments at all levels the challenges presented to us in the near and not too distant future calls for open data, partnership building across market, state and civic, and the mobilizing of the the collective intelligence of our citizenry. As the cuts to local expenditure deepens we ar eseeing the continued move to even greater shared service delivery between town halls. The next step (as SCC highlight) demands integration of residents 'in the planning and management of local services' with 'the premium placed on good governance and professionalism,' increasing complexity of challenges - necessitating a need for new forms of governance based on peer to peer relations and cross-sector partnerships in deliberative governance. These new forms serving commons-based sustainability and thriveable urban futures.
When my friend and I set out on a walk through her neighborhood, we never imagined we’d stumble upon an inspiring and heartwarming event along the journey; but, that’s one of the greatest things about life and its myriad potentials unfolding.
Car sharing has taken the world by storm. Wildly successful companies like Zip Car and peer-to-peer services like Whip Car have made it difficult for the competition, fine-turning their models until there's little left to be desired.
The Guardian reported last week that there are tens of thousands of people in Spain participating in over 300 “time banks and alternative currency systems.” Locals rack up labor hours, deposit them with community organizations online or in person, and trade them to others for goods and services.
Social Cities of Tomorrow is organised by The Mobile City (an international research group on mobile media and urban design), Virtueel Platform (the Dutch e-culture knowledge institute), and ARCAM (the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture).
International conference & workshop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Conference: 17 February 2012 Preconference workshop: 14-16 February 2012