Tactical Urbanism – Fresh-up and Interactive Module

Categorized as News from Asia & Australasia, News from IURC

Over the past decade, participatory (tactical) urbanism (also urban prototyping) has been implemented in many cities around the globe. Pedestrian plazas, pop-up bike lanes, pop-up parks innovative playgrounds are just some of the examples developed by city authorities and civil society to improve the liveability of their cities. Actions are piloted in the short term to test functionality and achieve people’s acceptance for long-term solutions. As a follow-up to the two webinars implemented in Februrary and May 2023, the IURC Asia and Australasia team organised a fresh-up and interactive module.

On day 1, Dr Ryan Reynolds from Christchurch’s Gap Filler, introduced the tactical urbanism concept and showcased experiences in several cities. He presented “Moodshift”, a framework for pilot actions to implement replicable and adaptable simple actions that benefit the well-being of people and place places. Innovative temporal solutions like the Dance-O-Mat, a simple washing machine adapted to power a series of speakers surrounding a sprung dance floor, have been transformed into permanent Art Precincts. Communities have been motivated by the Inconvenience Store, a temporary store that promoted sustainable food consumption by paying with time instead of money, depending on the CO2 emissions for the food products. “Twisting the familiar” is an approach that can be also used for infrastructures, like a detour track that motivates commuting cyclists or scooter users to have a funnier way to work.

On day 2, IURC cities’ participants presented their reflections on the pilot actions framework and discussed possible joint actions to be implemented in their cities for possible implementation in 2024.

The training module was given by Dr. Ryan Reynolds, Director and Co-Founder of Gap Filler. Ryan is one of the key figures shaping the global placemaking movement. He has given keynotes, public talks and run workshops on placemaking in nine countries, especially in New Zealand / Aotearoa. Ryan is one of a select 100 Regional Placemaking Leaders worldwide chosen by PlacemakingX.