Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon Writes Chapter in New Book on Resilient Cities

Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon wrote a chapter on creating Resilient Streets and Resilient Cities in a new book titled Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, published by Island Press and edited by Post Carbon Institute‘s Daniel Lerch. 

“So-called tactical resilience is the application of the tactical urbanism methodology to projects that do not just make cities better places to live, but that specifically address communities’ resilience challenges.” 

Click HERE for Mike Lydon’s excerpt, posted by Strong Towns

Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon Speaks at Placemaking Week in Amsterdam

Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon was a featured speaker at Project for Public Space’s Placemaking Week in Amsterdam on October 13th. Placemaking Week is an annual conference put on by Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit planning, design, and educational organization. The week is meant to be a “dynamic forum for attendees to develop and share concrete strategies to advance placemaking locally and globally.” 

Mike Lydon joined Nate Hommel, Director of Planning and Design at University City District in Philadelphia, Robin Abad Ocubillo, Urban Designer at the San Francisco Planning Department, and Patrick Piuma, Planning Director at the Louisville Downtown Partnership and co-founder of City Collaborative, to speak about their successes and best practices with bottom-up Tactical Urbanism projects. 

Click here to read more. 

Burlington’s Quick Build Program is Underway!

Burlington, VT’s Quick Build Program is underway! The City of Burlington’s Department of Public Works built the City’s first protected bike lane on Union Street on October 12-13. 

This project was first identified in the PlanBTV Walk Bike Master Plan – Burlington’s first citywide planning effort focused on active transportation. Street Plans led the creation of this master plan and, with the support of Dubois & King, was then hired by the City of Burlington Department of Public Works to develop and implement a citywide Quick Build program. The program provides an interim design approach to delivering a range of priority street design projects outlined in the PlanBTV Walk Bike Master Plan, which was recently approved by the City Council in April of 2017. 

The protected bike lane on Union Street is the first of many Quick Build projects identified in the Master Plan.

Click HERE to see more about the project. 


Street Plans Leads Public Outreach for Plan in East Cut District of San Francisco

Together with San Francisco Planning and The East Cut Community Benefit District, Street Plans is leading the public outreach strategy for the creation of the South Downtown Design and Activation Plan. The plan aims to create a comprehensive vision for the design, implementation, and stewardship of the public realm in the East Cut District of San Francisco in South Downtown. 

The project kickoff event was held at the beginning of August and interactive public outreach events and community workshops will continue through the Spring of 2018. 

Click HERE and HERE to learn more about the plan and upcoming events. 


TreeHugger Shares StreetFilm’s Video Featuring Mike Lydon

TreeHugger, one of the leading media outlets for news in sustainable living, recently wrote an article about Tactical Urbanism. The article features a StreetFilms video about Tactical Urbanism in which Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon is interviewed. 

“These groups are showing their fellow citizens innovative visual solutions to make safer streets with quick strike executions — which sometimes only last a few hours until they are removed by their government. But each week more empowered people are deciding they are fed up and joining the movement and not waiting for their agencies to act.”

Click HERE to view the article. 

Mike Lydon Gives Tactical Urbanism Lecture at Cornell

On Friday, September 8th, Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon gave a lecture to Cornell students and faculty about the Tactical Urbanism movement. 

“This exciting colloquium presentation will provide an overview of the global tactical urbanism movement supported by numerous case studies illustrating how this approach to neighborhood building and the project delivery process helps communities of all sizes make positive change happen fast.” 

Click here to see the lecture description. 

Mike Lydon to Give Lecture at Helsinki Design Week

On Thursday, September 14th, Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon will give a keynote lecture on Tactical Urbanism at Helsinki Design Week, the largest annual design festival in the Nordic countries.

“Short-term, community-based projects – from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives – have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement.”

Click here to see the full lecture description.  

Is Tactical Urbanism Viable in Africa?

A recent article from African Urbanism, an urban planning blog about developments in West African cities, discussed whether Tactical Urbanism was viable in African cities. The article mentions Street Plans and the recent popularity and emergence of Tactical Urbanism as a legitimate planning method. 

Street Plans certainly agrees with the article’s major points that Tactical Urbanism isn’t a prescriptive method of solving West African cities’ public space issues in the same way that it functions in the European or American context.

African cities have a “wealth of bottom-up, community-centered activities that already do take place as part of everyday community life in the African city – including urban informality.” This urban informality often reflects resident’s social/cultural values and everyday needs and exposes the government’s failure to work with residents to plan for better communities. 

Not every small-scale, nimble, DIY intervention should be considered ‘Tactical’, but if Tactical Urbanism is to have a place in African cities, the existing urban informality must first be addressed, and Tactical Urbanism projects must be highly collaborative and contextualized for the local people, place, and culture. 

Click HERE for the full article.