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What is Tactical Urbanism?
John Spacey, updated on May 26, 2016
Tactical urbanism is the practice of taking quick wins to improve quality of life or the environment in a city. It is contrasted with business-as-usual urban design that may take years or decades to deliver meaningful change.The term tactical urbanism is associated with citizen action that occurs spontaneously. However, the term can also apply to the tactical actions of urban designers, city planners and other city officials. The following are examples.
Adaptive ReuseAdapting old buildings to new purposes. For example, a power plant that becomes offices.
Bicycle ParkingConverting parking lots near a train station into bicycle parking.
Blue SpaceOpening private beaches to the public. In some jurisdictions, citizens are guaranteed access to beaches by open beach laws.
BrownfieldsPlanting an urban forest at an abandoned industrial site.
Cycle HighwaysConverting a road into a cycle highway.
Clean EnergyInstalling solar panels on roofs and other underutilized spaces.
Green RoofsGiving incentives and assistance to property owners to create green roofs.
Green WallsPlanting a vertical garden on a wall.
Green SpaceConverting a road into a linear park.
InfrastructureRemove obstructive and unappealing infrastructure such as unnecessary fencing.
Soft EngineeringPlanting vegetation to prevent soil erosion.
SuperblocksClosing minor roads to create superblocks.
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