MIKE LYNDON transições urbanas

Excertos de uma entrevista com Mike Lydon, um dos autores do livro Tactical Urbanism #2 ao The Architects Newspaper . Lyndon reflecte sobre as possibilidades de soluções de base para as cidades.

Did tactical urbanism help give rise to the surge in interest in urban issues among the general public, or did it emerge from it?

It’s probably a little bit of both. With the economy the way it’s been the past couple years, there’s been a lot of interest in the fact that cities are a lot more resilient economically, but I think the rise of the whole tactical urbanism trend and interest in cities is also a reflection of how information is exchanged via the Internet. There are dozens and dozens of blogs and resources to tap into in any city now that are on the ground explaining neighborhood issues, drawing in supporters for changing neighborhoods. 

How can tactical urbanism work in architecture and the formal planning process? 

A couple of ways. Projects that started unsanctioned or that were generated at the neighborhood level really rise up quickly when they’re successful. They then gather the attention and support of city council people, politicians, city planners, and different departments in the city. We’re seeing that in a lot of places. Portland, Oregon, is a good example with depaving. Neighbors got together in 2007, busted up a bunch of pavement and put in some green space, with gardens and public space. It was a really good idea, and the municipality funded the initiative with some seed money. It turned into a nonprofit and then gained funding from the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level. The planning process is not going to be replaced by tactical urbanism. Following up on comprehensive planning efforts, the neighborhood-wide or city-wide planning process can use tactical urbanism to take some of the most popular ideas and really do things quickly rather than have them wait on the shelf for the million-dollar funding stream. Tactical urbanism is a tool for the more formal planning process.

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