Tactical Urbanism: The Official Guide To Taking Back The Streets

Mat Mcdermott parking dayTactical Urbanism/CC BY 2.0

Tactical Urbanism 2: Short-Term Action, Long Term Change is a new, free manual for what TreeHugger has called Taking back the streets: Interventions by citizens that make our cities more fun, usually at the expense of cars. Whether it is a Park(ing) Day (being enjoyed by our own Mat McDermott on page 3), guerrilla gardening, seed bombing or my particular favourite, DIY bike lanes, they are, as the authors note, "opportunities to transform our towns and cities into better places to occupy together."

Nate Berg of Atlantic Cities, talked to Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative, who prepared the book.

He says that despite its fancy, academic-sounding name, tactical urbanism is not particularly exotic or extraordinary. “Really, tactical urbanism is how most cities are built. Especially in developing nations,” Lydon says. “It’s step-by-step, piece-by-piece.” These small-scale interventions are characterized by their community-focus and realistic goals.

Tactical Urbanism is an evolving form; This is a second volume of ideas. Some, like Park(ing) day, are getting a bit tired, but new ideas (chair bombing?) are invented to replace them. Tactical Urbanism 2: Short-Term Action, Long Term Change is the perfect guide for planning your spring intervention.

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