Workshops Will Enhance City Resilience through Low-Cost, Short-Term Changes to the Built Environment
Feedback from Local Neighborhoods Will Be Used to Design and Scale Projects
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is today announcing a partnership with The Street Plans Collaborative (Street Plans) which will provide “Tactical Resilience” workshops to 100RC network members to help implement cities’ long term resilience strategies. Tactical Resilience is an adaptation of Tactical Urbanism, a global movement that uses short-term, low-cost projects, like pop-up parks and bikeways, to create lasting change in cities.
Street Plans’ Tactical Resilience support takes the form of a half or full-day “pop-up” workshop where stakeholders and members of the public can experience what it means for their city to build resilience through low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, the space in which people live and work on a day-to-day basis.
Street Plans joins a prestigious group of 100RC partners that have committed to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are an increasingly large aspect of urban life. Tactical Resilience demonstrations can be developed around a range of resilience priorities and may include the programming of unused space, demonstration of water management techniques, or urban mobility improvements. The workshops are designed to include residents, local businesses, and community leaders to gain support from the public and key decision-makers to spur further investment in testing, refining, and then scaling demonstration projects to permanently advance city resilience.
“We’re thrilled to be working with 100RC and its incredible network of cities and platform partners,” said Mike Lydon, Principal at Street Plans. “In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. While resilience barriers vary tremendously from city to city, one problem seems constant: the aligned professions of city-building are not responding fast enough to the problems and opportunities that face urban dwellers today. We need a new approach, one that quickly moves resiliency action plans to on-the-ground action where we all notice it most: our neighborhoods.”
Street Plans works with cities and citizens all over the world to develop and deploy responses to transportation, public space, and environmental challenges. In New Zealand, the firm recently worked with Design Auckland, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport to create the Auckland Activation program, which engages residents, business owners, and artists in the practice of Tactical Urbanism to enliven the city center. Street Plans’ first Tactical Resilience workshop titled “Retain Your Rain: Boxes, Barrels & Brew” will be in Norfolk, Virginia on June 4th, and will focus on parcel-level scalable storm water retention techniques and community based alley activation. During this hands-on “how-to” workshop residents will find out what they can do now to help reduce flooding – one of Norfolk’s resilience challenges – and how they can become active participants in a citywide, systemic approach to water management.
“Cities can’t just build resilience out of thin air – they need the right tools to do it,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “By providing Tactical Resilience Workshops to our network cities, Street Plans workshops will inspire residents and city leaders in the 100RC Network to experience and shape their cities in a new way.”
100RC is dedicated to helping cities, in which an ever-growing percentage of people live, become more resilient to the shocks (i.e. hurricanes, fires, floods, etc.) and stresses (chronic water shortages, homelessness, unemployment, etc.) they are increasingly facing in the 21st century. In addition to partnering with organizations from the private sector, public sector and NGOs, 100RC provides assistance to member cities through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer who will lead the resilience efforts, resources for drafting a resilience strategy, and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.
Tactical Urbanism is a global movement of individuals, advocacy groups, and city leaders using short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks and bikeways, to guerilla gardens and open streets initiatives—to drive lasting change in cities. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of Tactical Urbanism. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or re-imagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way.
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. 100RC currently has 66 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.
Andrew Brenner – 646-612-7236 / ABrenner@100RC.org
About The Street Plans Collaborative
Street Plans is an internationally recognized and award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy practice with offices in Miami, San Francisco, and New York City. Street Plans is recognized globally as the leading practitioner and steward of the Tactical Urbanism movement. The firm’s thought-leading publications include the recently published 2015 Island Press book, Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, as well as Tactical Urbanism Vol. 1-4, The Open Streets Project, Mercado: Lesson from 20 Markets in South America and the forthcoming Public Space Stewardship Guide developed for the City of San Francisco’s Planning department. For more information, visit: www.street-plans.com.