Tactical urbanism as a lever for transformation

Tactical urbanism is a discipline based around short-term, static or interactive interventions. Its objective is to re-interpret existing spaces that are ignored, underused or perceptibly unpleasant and create meaningful new experiences for city residents and visitors. Interventions can range from the D.I.Y to the digital and data-driven. Some famous examples include RedBall Project, Park(ing) Day and, more generally, pop-up galleries, shops and restaurants.

The City of Paris would like to explore tactical urbanism, and related disciplines, as a possible solution for enlivening urban areas and fostering a community for residents and visitors. There are several areas that provide ripe testing grounds: Square de la Porte de Vanves and La Petite Ceinture.

Key issues

  • General public perceptions of tactical urbanism/urban hacking: while people are exposed to tactical urbanism daily, most are either unaware, consider it a nuisance, or don't understand how the discipline adds long-term value to the quality of city life.
  • Impermanence: tactical urbanism is one method in creating awareness around issues, but their temporality means that their effectiveness is rendered obsolete once they are removed.
  • Unused and derelict spaces: there are many abandoned, forgotten or simply unused spaces, often in plain-view, in the city. Paris is one of the most densely populated cities in Europe, which means that the impact of any unused space on surrounding inhabitants is multiplied.

Key questions

  • How can urban interventions be transformed into long-term solutions? Similarly, how can urban interventions be implemented as a citywide strategy and program?
  • In what ways can urban interventions bring communities together?
  • How can the city incorporate the use of sustainable resources or materials when it comes to temporary urban interventions?
  • How could data on unused spaces elucidate new solutions for the city?
  • Are there ways to safely build around or work with unused spaces that have been adopted by various communities (including the homeless) to enhance their safety and liveability? (e.g. individuals who have called La Petite Ceinture their home for decades)

This challenge is best suited for

  • Creative coders
  • Designers
  • Operations strategists
  • Urban hackers
  • Other

Applications are closed. 

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