urbanbricolage
urbanbricolage:

How they transformed this shabby street into a brillant public place, with a few pieces of wood, a touch of creativity, and a bit of hard work. That’s what I call urban bricolage at its best!
Great job by Atenistas’s Green from Athens
"During last November, in seeking open city spaces for our new actions, we came up with an open space so central but in the same time, so neglected and derelict. The pedestrian walkway (part of Perikleous Str.), two blocks down from Syntagma Sq., had been left in a miserable state for years. Being a void and without identity, public space, remained defenceless to infinite garbage, lack of basic city care, terrible hygienic conditions, waif to motorcycle parking and poor public lighting. Atenistas’s Green team decided to act and improve its appearance, give identity and some kind of public function. The aim was to create a place of interaction, pause, opportunity for meeting, for strengthening the local community, a place of surprise and a city landmark.
(…) We would like to thank the local shopkeepers, who helped us enormously, providing electricity, water and their consent, vital for us in accomplishing the project. We would like to thank also, the neighbourhood’s residents for offering us treats and their smile and the Public Lighting Division of the Municipality of Athens, which was invited to check and add two new public lights, thus offering plenty of light to a dimly lit space.”

urbanbricolage:

How they transformed this shabby street into a brillant public place, with a few pieces of wood, a touch of creativity, and a bit of hard work. That’s what I call urban bricolage at its best!

Great job by Atenistas’s Green from Athens

"During last November, in seeking open city spaces for our new actions, we came up with an open space so central but in the same time, so neglected and derelict. The pedestrian walkway (part of Perikleous Str.), two blocks down from Syntagma Sq., had been left in a miserable state for years. Being a void and without identity, public space, remained defenceless to infinite garbage, lack of basic city care, terrible hygienic conditions, waif to motorcycle parking and poor public lighting.
Atenistas’s Green team decided to act and improve its appearance, give identity and some kind of public function. The aim was to create a place of interaction, pause, opportunity for meeting, for strengthening the local community, a place of surprise and a city landmark.

(…)
We would like to thank the local shopkeepers, who helped us enormously, providing electricity, water and their consent, vital for us in accomplishing the project. We would like to thank also, the neighbourhood’s residents for offering us treats and their smile and the Public Lighting Division of the Municipality of Athens, which was invited to check and add two new public lights, thus offering plenty of light to a dimly lit space.”

humanscalecities
humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities
humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities
humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities:

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.

humanscalecities

humanscalecities:

12 Steps to a Great Public Space

1. Protection from traffic

2. Protection from crime

3. Protection from the elements

4. A place to walk

5. A place to stop and stand

6. A place to sit

7. Things to see

8. Opportunities for conversations

9. Opportunities for play

10. Human-scale

11. Opportunities to enjoy good weather

12. Aesthetic quality

— Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzoe