Mike Lydon, Anthony Garcia. Lecture 'How Communities Take Urban Environments Into Their Own Hands'


An approach to neighbourhood building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable projects intended to calalyze long-term change.

The exclusion of local communities of people as the main fallback of contemporary urbanism.

Pedestrianised Times Square — data collection is important: traffic has improved, retail generates more revenue. This data is valuable to the city, and can be used as a leverage.

Tactical Urbanism is:

  1. Inexpensive
  2. Not permanent
  3. Often based on existing plans
  4. People-driven, people-centered

When you create a beautiful public space temporarily, local communities insist on its permanence, so city management has motivation to develop a tactical urbanism project into a city project.

Iterative design:

  1. Demonstration. 1 week. Can be unsanctioned.
  2. Pilot. 1 month. Always sanctioned.
  3. Interim Design. 1-5 years. Always sanctioned.
  4. Long-term/Capital. 5–50 years. Always sanctioned.

And remember: if you wear an orange west, you can get away with anything.