Tactical Urbanism
Release Date:31 Mar 2015

Tactical Urbanism

Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Island Press
Short-term, community-based projects – from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives – have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way. Tactical Urbanism, written by two founders of the movement, promises to be the foundational guide for urban transformation. This book will inspire and empower a new generation of engaged citizens.

Mike Lydon is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. An internationally recognized planner, he was a co-author of The Smart Growth Manual and the creator and primary author of the reports “The Open Streets Project” and “Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action, Long-Term Change” Vols.1 and 2. He serves as a board member for the Center for a New American Dream and CNU New York and is an advisor for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He works and speaks globally on smart growth, livable cities, active transportation, and tactical urbanism. He lives in Brooklyn, New York

Anthony Garcia is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. A leader in civic advocacy in South Florida, he was managing editor and publisher of TransitMiami.com, an award winning blog dedicated to planning and transportation in South Florida. He was also project director for six years at the firm of Chael Cooper & Associates Architects. He serves as part-time faculty at the University Of Miami School of Architecture and is a member of the Congress of the New Urbanism. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Rise of Tactical Urbanism

Chapter 3: Scale and Patterns of Innovation and Adoption

Chapter 4: Case Studies

Chapter 5: How to Undertake a Tactical Urbanism Intervention

Chapter 6. Conclusion

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