Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is a great tool for locating potholes and taking surveys – but can it inspire an underdeveloped neighborhood to come together as a community? A developer in Salt Lake City is motivating residents to use DIY techniques in placemaking. Exclusive
May 14, 2013  By Tim Halbur
Peter Sigrist takes us through three other tools for open sourced, democratic governance processes conducive to mobilization, collaboration, and funding--each integral for the crowdsourced city.
Sep 23, 2011   POLIS
Historically, data sources for urban planning have remained relatively stable. Planners relied on a collection of well-known government-produced datasets to do their work, including statistics and geographic layers from federal, state and local sources. Produced by regulatory processes or occasional surveys, the strengths and limitations of these sources are well known to planners and many citizens. However all this is beginning to change. Not only has the U.S. Opinion
Sep 1, 2011   By Robert Goodspeed
Crowd-funded plans to build a statue of the movie character RoboCop are moving ahead in Detroit, and the project is redefining public participation in civic ventures.
Jun 28, 2011   domus
Alexandra Lange highlights a crowd-sourced urban design that actually worked.
Jun 7, 2011   Design Observer
A new online tool uses the power of crowdsourcing to "map, inventory, and preserve the Philadelphia urban forest."
Apr 29, 2011   Azavea
NYC's Deputy Mayor of Operations Stephen Goldsmith reflects on the value of listening to people, and talks about the new crowdsourcing projects the city is rolling out.
Feb 27, 2011   Governing
"Give a Minute" is a program that seeks ideas for fixing cities directly from the people who use them, using ads in newspapers and displays in public spaces to ask a big question, such as "What would get you to walk, bike or take transit more often?"
Dec 25, 2010   Urban Omnibus
Steven Johnson examines how officials in New York and other cities can leverage information collected from public call centers to build better cities.
Nov 5, 2010   Wired
Ron Ringen has logged more than 1,400 animals for a roadkill project. "I'm almost a fanatic with it," he said. "You get hooked."
Sep 13, 2010   The New York Times
The city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is asking locals to submit and vote on ideas to integrate into its new master plan, hoping to get citizens more involved in the process and test out unconventional ideas.
Aug 18, 2010   Lincoln Journal Star