On SAGE Insight: Tactical urbanism: Towards an evolutionary cities’ approach?

From Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

Tactical urbanism initiatives have been interpreted as an alternative and a challenge to formal spatial planning tools to the need for a more responsive planning system. This paper analyses tactical urbanism initiatives in the United States considering three main aspects: the process, its interaction with planning institutions and the respective urban design outcomes.

Throughout this paper, the discussion focused on the role of tactical urbanism movement as a contribution to an evolutionary process that may eventually converge with spatial planning institutions. The paper opens new perspectives on city management and planning, reflecting on bottom up non-planned initiatives. Findings suggest some contributions that tactical urbanism can make to urban design and spatial planning, in evolutionary terms and possible role for tactical urbanism in alternative to traditional division between plan making and plan implementation.

 

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Tactical urbanism initiatives have been interpreted as an alternative and a challenge to formal spatial planning tools to the need for a more Findings suggest some contributions that tactical urbanism can make to urban design and spatial planning, in evolutionary terms and possible role for tactical urbanism in alternative to traditional division between plan making and plan implementation.responsive planning system. Short-term implementation, scarce resources and citizens’ involvement are said to be the key characteristics of this emerging movement in urbanism. In tactical urbanism, everything seems focussed on one thing: action. This paper analyses tactical urbanism initiatives in the United States considering three main aspects: the process, its interaction with planning institutions and the respective urban design outcomes. For this, the relation between tactical urbanism and complexity theory (in which self-organisation and evolution play an important role) is addressed.

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Tactical urbanism: Towards an evolutionary cities’ approach?
Paulo Silva
First Published July 7, 2016
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
2016, Vol. 43(6) 1040–1051
DOI: 10.1177/0265813516657340

 

 

     
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