Tactical urbanism projects differ from traditional top-down capital programs because of their temporary nature, relying on low-cost or temporary materials. Mike Lydon said the approach allows citizens and community groups to be more empowered and involved in the planning process.
For this 2nd issue of the articles on Tactical Urbanism, L’Institut Paris Region looks back at an interview conducted on 9 September 2020 with Mike Lydon, co-founder of Street Plans.
In 2020, cities adapted to COVID-19 with open streets, outdoor dining, and added bike lanes. In 2021, some of those changes became permanent—and advocates for walkable, bikeable cities can take lessons from what worked to redesign even more streets.
A quiet revolution in public space management is spreading throughout New York City — & it is not being undertaken by the city bureaucrats who are paid to oversee our streetscape, but by Business Improvement Districts, private entities that raise money from commercial interests & also raise questions about the future of urban space.
A community group is demanding the City turn a deadly Brooklyn street into a car-free plaza after a 3-month-old baby was killed by a reckless driver there in September. Street Plans is providing pro bono design services to assist with the community effort.
Tony Garcia joined other esteemed panelists to discuss exploring the barriers and opportunities for South African and African cities to ignite action around tactical urbanism approaches to reconfigure the public realm and city streets as part of Covid and Post-Covid city strategies.
Mike Lydon joined Barcelona Ajuntament, the Barcelona City Council, to kick off the first of a 3-day conference on Superilla Barcelona: A city for Those Who Live in it: Building the Right to the City, asking: How do we achieve a livable city, inside and outside the private space? How do we create livable and nearby neighborhoods?
Mike Lydon reconnects with John Simmerman on the Active Towns Podcast! They discuss some of the amazing street transformations underway around the globe.
Street Plans worked closely with the District of Columbia Office of Planning to create ‘Our City, Our Spaces! A Materials, Tools, and Equipment Library for Neighborhood-Led Activities in Washington, D.C.’
Alongside our client, we’re really excited to share the SoHo Broadway Initiative Public Realm Framework + Vision Plan! Its framework calls for reducing through traffic & providing much more usable public space.