Do-It-Yourself Urban Design in the Help-Yourself City – Design – Architect Magazine
August 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Continuing the DIY-urbanism kick I’ve been on, this article from Gordon Douglas explains the emergence of the DIY urbanism movement. He tracks it historically through the period where, day to day, cities were largely self-built, through the 20th century when planning and design became more professionalized, through the neoliberal period where investment became concentrated in certain parts of cities leaving others to fend for themselves, to the present period, where neighborhoods are circumventing the formal planning and design process to create their own solutions to local problems. There are a number of arms to this movement, from graffiti to guerrilla gardening to operations like the Project for Public Spaces and their Great Neighborhood Book. This movement suggests a changing role for planners and designers in the process. The question is, what is that new role?