The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets – The Atlantic Cities


The PPPlanter. From theatlanticcities.com.

PPPlanter. That’s just fun to say. This is one of a number of projects detailed in this post by Emily Badger. Piggybacking on the success of park(ing) day and parklets, San Francisco is hosting an “urban prototyping” festival, where designers form a variety of fields have submitted ideas for quick, cheap, and impactful urban designs. Badger summarizes some of the most interesting, including a DIY traffic counter and planting gardens in front of fire hydrants, as well as the above PPPlanter (hah). This dovetails well with the Project for Public Spaces idea of Lighter Quicker Cheaper, of which Philadelphia’s Porch at 30th Street Station is a great example, as well as New York’s 6 1/2 Avenue. A combination of quick and cheap interventions (which could easily be temporary and later become more substantial) and DIY urbanism can lead to quick, significant change in cities, and in the case of San Francisco, it can ripple out to other cities.

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