Make No Big Plans

Looking at "urban acupuncture", a recent movement that eschews massive urban renewal projects in favor of smaller interventions.
July 25, 2011, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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This article in The Guardian attributes the creation of the urban acupuncture movement to Finnish architect Marco Casagrande, but the central interview is Los Angeles architect and professor John Southern:

"Southern explained that the urban acupuncture approach treats cities like a living organism. Such micro-targeting, low-cost, democratic, and empowering tactics provide urban residents the much coveted green space that they desire without driving to a specific location. Although city politicians want to score points from the creation of enormous parks or even large building complexes that score a green certification, those projects often run over budget and even take away space that could benefit local communities in other ways."

Southern advocates for pocket parks over large-scale central parks, and a focus on streetscaping.

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Published on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in The Guardian U.K.
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