This project is based on New York (In started in Brooklyn as the first: 596 acres of public land is empty or unused in Brooklyn) with the aim of providing new community spaces in neighborhoods where green and recreational areas are scarce and proposed five lines of work:
- Making information available city-through an online interactive map
- Placing signs on vacant public land that explain each lot's status and steps the community can that in order to be able to use this land
- Education about visioning sessions for public land holdings by invitation from community groups
- Engaging the community leader when to an Interested Potential Reaches out
- Direct advocacy with New York City agencies
In this video you can check the process of developing this map and it is a perfect example of how to integrate and hybridize physical fieldwork with digital and programming work:
596 Acres Promo from Conspire Films on Vimeo.
[IM] POSSIBLE LIVING
[IM] POSSIBLE LIVING uses mapping as its core strategy to raise awareness on underutilized resources in cities. In this case, it targets buildings and not necessarily in cities, but any building in cities, suburbs, forests or fields that deserve a new rebirth. The approach aims to build a collaborative map by contributing users anywhere in the world who want to map abandoned buildings and build a worldwide database of abandoned buildings. Again, the idea is that maps help to visualize the problem of abandonment and serve to catalyze collaborative processes between people and groups who want to start creative rescue projects.
Great projects are arising in UK working on tactical urbanism and trying to face economic crisis with innovative ways to activate unused spaces and •Space is one of the most interesting (check The temporary city to have a look). Although collaborative mapping in this case is not their main instrument, they are also using a map to identify different properties they are working on. Turning empty spaces into an opportunity is its claim and use a brokerage strategy to link social needs and private owners to offer community organizations free access to underutilized resources for temporary or pop-up project while the land or premises not return to the market.