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Shareable: Almere Oosterwold, a Vision of Collaborative DIY Urban Design

Shareable: Almere Oosterwold, a Vision of Collaborative DIY Urban Design | green streets | Scoop.it

If the term "DIY" hasn't been applied to every conceivable human endeavor yet, give it a few months. But can a process so diffuse and complicated as urban planning go DIY?

Dutch architecture company MVRDV is betting that it can with its proposal for Almere Oosterwold, a development built on the principle of "do-it-yourself urbanism."

MVRDV aims to serve the needs of the individual and the community equally with the plan, which calls for bottom-up collaboration among residents, who will literally draw the map towards a shared future. Like many urban development projects, Oosterwold has no clear completion date. The difference is that in this case, that's by design. The open-ended plan establishes only a handful of guiding principles, such as the proportions of total land use — 59% urban agriculture, 18% construction, 13% public green space, 8% roads, 2% water. Beyond that, residents will collaborate in person and on the web to plan development and reach consensus, with government serving as a facilitator rather than an entity making decisions from the top-down...

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Urban Design for the People by the People

Urban Design for the People by the People | green streets | Scoop.it
A look at different Grass Roots DIY Urban Development projects around the US. Urban Gardens, citizen installed benches and furniture, art and more.
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Editorial> Architecture in the Streets - The Architect's Newspaper

Editorial> Architecture in the Streets - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it
It's time to get to work transforming our cities' public spaces. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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