viernes, 5 de abril de 2013

Week picks #16


The only prerequisite for being an urban designer is caring deeply about cities. We want to catalyze more urban designers. In 2012, reSITE organized the first festival in the Czech Republic to focus on the notion of design, culture, politics, finance, participation and sustainability in public space. We encouraged university students, families and business leaders to reTHINK their city at free public events aimed at making city design accessible to everyone. The festival took place in the center of the city in the piazzetta of the National Theatre and on the Vltava Riverfront in Prague.
 In 2013, reSITE will work in concert with dozens of partners to continue to catalyze while also discovering models of design process that can inspire social action and facilitate a more inclusive bottom-up / top-down urban process. We want to make urban design cool.


A cohort of citizens, designers, artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, and policymakers across the world are taking action to reinvent public space and reaffirm the 'right to the city'. They employ a series of disparate tactics, combining the limited available resources with a large dose of creativity. They favor small-scale, short-term interventions that involve experimentation and iteration, implementing them through participatory processes and community engagement while opensourcing tools, methodology, and results. Together, they are building the foundations for a usergenerated urbanism. The Adaptive Metropolis symposium will convene a global community of thinkers and doers to discuss the future of this model of city-making.


The Possible City seeks to create a local economy built around rebuilding the city. Our initial focus will be on the cities forgotten spaces — Those places which have for one reason or another vexed the established political and economic structures, those places for which existing planning processes and techniques have failed. We believe that the Possible City will emerge from these forgotten spaces, and that the plan for the future city will emerge from the Possible City in a constant state of making and remaking. And because of our history, because we believe in the necessity of connecting the virtual with physical specificity, and because of its history and inherent qualities, the Possible City will focus its initial efforts in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

What Do We Plan to Do About It? The Possible City seeks to create community and economy structured around re-purposing vacant and underutilized land for innovative new uses. First, we plan to uncover people and organizations who are already working in this space and provide tools and community to strengthen and enhance their projects. Second, we want to inspire and empower additional entrepreneurs, designers, activists, artists, and everyday citizens to capitalize on the opportunities presented through vacancy. Third, we want to connect these individuals and groups together to amplify their impact on a city-wide scale. Fourth, we want to feed this information back into governments and institutions so that they can develop policies and programs to support these emergent structures. We believe that the Possible City will emerge from the city's forgotten spaces, and that the plan for the future city will emerge from the Possible City in a constant state of making and remaking.

Week picks series features every Friday some initiatives and projects I found or want to highlight on this blog. It will help me to track new findings from community groups, startups or local governments working and delivering solutions relevant to the issues of this blog. I often bookmark them or save them on Tumblr while I wait to use them. Maybe this a good way.

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