“Rebar, a group of artists, activists and designers implemented a small scale urbanist tactic in downtown San Francisco in the year 2005 called Park(ing). For two hours it occupied, with a lawn, a tree and a bench, a fourteen square metre parking space in a public parking area. With this action it converted an area set out for vehicle use into a space for resting, relaxing and socializing. Public response ranged from indifference to participation and unexpected conversations and spontaneous uses of the bench and the shade of the tree occurred. Two hours later Rebar took it all down and the parking space reverted to its initial state. Of this experiment only the photos and videos taken at the time remain. The action was quickly posted to the Internet and “(…) other groups prepared for guerrilla intervention appropriated this simple tactic. (…) The essence of the tactic was legal protest in a parking space using materials which had a symbolic association with parks: trees, grass and benches. Rebar considered the idea as open source and applied a Creative Commons license. Providing it is not used for financial gain, they encourage people to repeat it and re-interpret it.”1″
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Novel , innovative interaction by the people for the people to discuss urban ideas ; their ideas in their cities. The process learnt is adaptable to any other city. Will be interesting to see the outcome and results from the 9 city , 6 year journey.
“The BMW Guggenheim Lab launches in New York from August 3 to October 16, 2011, before traveling to Berlin and a city in Asia, to be announced later this year. Cycle 1 concludes with an exhibition presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Two additional two-year cycles will follow, each with a new mobile structure and theme, concluding in the fall of 2016.
Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the Lab is conceived to inspire public discourse in cities around the world and through the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and online social communities.”
A novel example from the City of Toronto of a way to accelerate urban planning . We have become too dependent on the City as a overseeing authority and to a great degree have abdicated our own authority in making our cities run and develope the way and in the timeframes wherein we need them to develope. Is somewhat of a fine line of democracy at work but this example demonstates a healthy approach that the public from the private sector can make with “Public ” administration.
“On Yonge Street, Ms. Wong-Tam is attempting to find middle ground. She has involved city staff from the get-go, and members of the planning department, TTC and parking authority attended her January meeting. But she has accelerated the process dramatically by having the plan itself drawn up by Mr. Greenberg and KPMB and having business owners kick in the former’s $40,000-fee.“I understand that the mayor ran on a plan of fiscal austerity and that there isn’t a lot of money, but you have a street that represents Toronto’s face to the world,” she said.City planning staff is currently vetting her proposal, which will be voted on by council in the fall. To make the idea go down as easy as possible, she is not asking for a firm yes or no on the whole project from her council colleagues, but simply asking them to approve a trial period that would see the new street format created through temporary landscaping.Her idea, and how it was produced, should present an interesting conundrum to the current mayor. On one hand, it calls for the reduction of car traffic on the midtown artery, reducing a section of Yonge to just two lanes. It will be presented to council just one month after another councillor, Denzil Minnan-Wong, pitches a traffic study with the aim of increasing the drivability of Yonge Street.But Ms. Wong-Tam’s approach also manifests the mayor’s desire to increase public-sector funding of city development, and proves him right when he claims there are alternative ways to cover costs traditionally shouldered by the city.So does she worry that her initiative is playing right into Mr. Ford’s hands?“It’s an excellent question,” she said. “I’m fully aware of the political posturing that would likely take place over an initiative like this because it fits into a certain ideology.”She insists the model is only applicable in certain Toronto neighbourhoods, the ones that have the financial means to chip in large sums of money. The Downtown Yonge BIA contributed $10,000 as did several individual property owners.“The private sector is not going to step up for everything, especially with respect to infrastructure money,” she said. “These streets belong to Toronto and Torontonians, and to ask the private sector to build you a subway or bear costs for certain capital assets, I think, is naive.” “
Imagine a creative, high tech company in your City of the stature and reach as Apple Computer. Let Steve Jobs himself take you through on this video the concpet to amalgamate and house the disparate employees of approximately 12, 000 in number , all in one circular building.
Creative city planning, architectural design, land use and pragmatism interplay in this innovative SOHO realestate development concept.