New publication. Unused urban spaces transitional activation strategies
A text I was commissioned last year by Barcelona Province government has been made public. It was part of a broader project in which I helped a task force of municipalities interested in understanding the possibilities and threads of transitional activation projects in unused or abandoned spaces in cities. This has not been my main interest in the last few months, but it always appears as new public speaking events or short projects. In fact, soon I will be able to share a new project at the end of the year but, in the meantime, here is this publication.

New publication. Unused urban spaces transitional activation strategies

A text I was commissioned last year by Barcelona Province government has been made public. It was part of a broader project in which I helped a task force of municipalities interested in understanding the possibilities and threads of transitional activation projects in unused or abandoned spaces in cities. This has not been my main interest in the last few months, but it always appears as new public speaking events or short projects. In fact, soon I will be able to share a new project at the end of the year but, in the meantime, here is this publication.

adhocratic:

(via Urban Renewal and the Destruction of Black Bottom | Environmental History in Detroit)

adhocratic:

(via Urban Renewal and the Destruction of Black Bottom | Environmental History in Detroit)

Amazing! Visualizing what is the fastest mode of transport in different cities? by @youarehereMIT

Amazing! Visualizing what is the fastest mode of transport in different cities? by @youarehereMIT

April-June 2014 blog posts - Ciudades a Escala Humana

SMART CITIES, URBAN MEDIA AND URBAN INTERACTION DESIGN

ADAPTIVE URBANISM AND PUBLIC SPACES

CONFERENCES

Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
by Justin McGuirk
A colorful journey through Latin America—a crucible of architectural and urban innovation
What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? 

Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

by Justin McGuirk

A colorful journey through Latin America—a crucible of architectural and urban innovation

What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? 

spaces-faces-places:

An interesting look at “parking craters” in various cities across the United States. I’m shocked they didn’t show Atlanta at all

Urban acupuncture, by Jaime Lerner (forthcoming book)
During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. From the pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks designed to catch runoff and reduce flooding and the creation of pedestrian-only zones, Lerner has been the driving force behind of a host of innovative urban projects. In more than forty years of work in cities around the globe, Lerner has found that changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact—in fact, one block, park, or a single person can have an outsized effect on life in the surrounding city.
In Urban Acupuncture, Lerner celebrates these “pinpricks” of urbanism—projects, people, and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life. With meditative and descriptive prose, Lerner brings readers around the world to streets and neighborhoods where urban acupuncture has been practiced best, from the bustling La Boqueria market in Barcelona to the revitalization of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea. Through this journey, Lerner invites us to re-examine the true building blocks of vibrant communities—the tree-lined avenues, night vendors, and songs and traditions that connect us to our cities and to one another.
Urban Acupuncture is the first of Jaime Lerner’s visionary work to be published in English. It is a love letter to the elements that make a street hum with life or a neighborhood feel like home, penned by one of the world’s most successful advocates for sustainable and livable urbanism.

Urban acupuncture, by Jaime Lerner (forthcoming book)

During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. From the pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks designed to catch runoff and reduce flooding and the creation of pedestrian-only zones, Lerner has been the driving force behind of a host of innovative urban projects. In more than forty years of work in cities around the globe, Lerner has found that changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact—in fact, one block, park, or a single person can have an outsized effect on life in the surrounding city.

In Urban Acupuncture, Lerner celebrates these “pinpricks” of urbanism—projects, people, and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life. With meditative and descriptive prose, Lerner brings readers around the world to streets and neighborhoods where urban acupuncture has been practiced best, from the bustling La Boqueria market in Barcelona to the revitalization of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea. Through this journey, Lerner invites us to re-examine the true building blocks of vibrant communities—the tree-lined avenues, night vendors, and songs and traditions that connect us to our cities and to one another.

Urban Acupuncture is the first of Jaime Lerner’s visionary work to be published in English. It is a love letter to the elements that make a street hum with life or a neighborhood feel like home, penned by one of the world’s most successful advocates for sustainable and livable urbanism.

Based on 6 years of blogging on popupcity.net for an audience of millions, Pop-Up City: City-Making in a Fluid World tells an inspiring story about the rise of pop-up culture and its impact on cities across the globe by showcasing eye-opening ideas, concepts and trends that make a difference in the city of today and tomorrow, ranging from urban hacks to modular hotels, and from parasite cinemas to pop-up retail.

Based on 6 years of blogging on popupcity.net for an audience of millions, Pop-Up City: City-Making in a Fluid World tells an inspiring story about the rise of pop-up culture and its impact on cities across the globe by showcasing eye-opening ideas, concepts and trends that make a difference in the city of today and tomorrow, ranging from urban hacks to modular hotels, and from parasite cinemas to pop-up retail.

Urban Interaction Design - Online Conversation with Tobias Revell, Manu Fernández and Han Pham
Along with Tobias Revell and Han Pham, and hosted by Martin Brynskov, I will be part of the conversation for the next ten days, discussing the character and relevance of the emerging field of urban interaction design. You can follow the conversation as a series of question-responses rounds and let´s see how the experiment works. You can comment or contribute directly on the site as the three of us share our thoughts.

Urban Interaction Design - Online Conversation with Tobias Revell, Manu Fernández and Han Pham

Along with Tobias Revell and Han Pham, and hosted by Martin Brynskov, I will be part of the conversation for the next ten days, discussing the character and relevance of the emerging field of urban interaction design. You can follow the conversation as a series of question-responses rounds and let´s see how the experiment works. You can comment or contribute directly on the site as the three of us share our thoughts.

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