Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long Term Change (Vol I and II) – Free eBooks!

// May 1st, 2012 // Uncategorized

Improving the livability of our towns and cities commonly starts at the street, block, or building scale. While larger scale efforts do have their place, incremental, smallscale improvement efforts are increasingly seen as a way to stage more substantial investments. This approach allows a host of local actors to test new concepts before making substantial political and financial commitments.

Sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, these actions are commonly referred to as “guerilla urbanism,” “pop-up urbanism,” “city repair,” or “D.I.Y. urbanism.” For the moment, we like “Tactical Urbanism,” which is an approach that features the following five characteristics:

• A deliberate, phased approach to instigating change;


• The offering of local solutions for local planning challenges;


• Short-term commitment and realistic expectations;


• Low-risks, with a possibly a high reward; and


• The development of social capital between citizens and the building of organizational capacity between public-private institutions, non-profits, and their constituents.


The Tactical urbanism project is an ongoing body of work that aims to document and share tactics from around the world.

Tactical Urbanism Vol. 1 – DOWNLOAD here.

Tactical Urbanism Vol. 2 – DOWNLOAD here.

Source: www.streetplans.org

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