Tactical Urbanism is an emerging field of urban intervention, named by Planetizen as one of the top planning trends of[masked]. It is essentially a method of planning that involves first step approaches that evolve into long-term implementable solutions. Whether deemed tactical, temporary, guerrilla, pop-up, ad-hoc, DIY, or open-source, it covers a range of projects. Some you may be familiar with: Park(ing) Day, San Francisco-based Rebar's annual initiative to to turn parking spaces into pocket parks; Open Streets initiatives; the pedestrianism of Times Square.
They are small-scale interventions characterized by their community-focus and realistic goals of improving our urban environment.
We'll be meeting with Mike Lydon, principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning and design firm focused on improving the public realm and increasing mobility opportunities. He's super active working across the country to make our cities better places. He'll speak with us about Tactical Urbanism and The Open Streets Project - which he just presented at the Congress for New Urbanism's latest conference in Florida, CNU 20.
Mike is the lead author of the Tactical Urbanism guidebook and Open Streets guide, both available for download for free (see links below). Check them out!
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday evening, May 24th
6:30 - 8:30pm
We'll start off at Putnam Plaza and end at the Fulton Grand Bar nearby (441 Grand Ave.) - so late-comers, you'll know where to find us if not at the plaza.
ABOUT MIKE LYDON
Mike Lydon is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Before launching the firm in 2009, Lydon worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 - 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques. At DPZ Mike worked extensively on Miami 21, the recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Excellence Award, and contributed to several other research initiatives and smart growth projects.
As a planner, writer, and advocate, Mike’s work has appeared in or been featured by NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Planetizen, Grist, Utne Reader, Next American City Magazine, Planning Magazine, Streetsblog, and a number of other publications.
Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Mike is a CNU-Accredited Professional.
Putnam Plaza in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
(Fulton St. & Grand Ave.)
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
The Street Plans Collaborative site:
Tactical Urbanism 2: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change (manual):
Open Streets guide: