The Tactical Urbanism Movement: Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Live Broadcast on March 23, 2015 at 11:30 – 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar provides a look into the background of the movement and how practitioners employ tactical urbanism.

Mike Lydon with fellow urban experts Valerie Watson and Alexandros Washburn, identified examples of short-term, community-based projects that are powerful and adaptable new tools for urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond.

Tactical Urbanism from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

For your convenience, you can find the slide presentation for the webinar here. Mike Lydon’s visual portion of the webinar presentation can be found by clicking here.

The Panel:

Moderator: David Weinberger is the City Partnerships Director at ioby. At ioby, David works with cities to find, encourage, and support tactical urbanists around the country. Before working at ioby, he helped to develop WalkNYC, the NYC Department of Transportation’s first ever standardized pedestrian wayfinding system. He has also worked at the MTA, the U.S. Department of State, the Democratic National Committee, and PBS. He is primarily interested in exploring ways to promote meaningful community involvement in urban planning, and believes firmly in the power of ioby to create measurable, community-driven change in neighborhoods everywhere.

Mike Lydon is Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. An internationally recognized planner, he was a co-author of The Smart Growth Manual and the creator and primary author of the reports “The Open Streets Project” and “Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action, Long-Term Change” Vol.1 and Vol.2. He works and speaks internationally on smart growth, livable cities, active transportation, and tactical urbanism. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Valerie Watson works for LADOT as an urban designer and Pedestrian Coordinator. Along with her colleagues in the Active Transportation Division, she works to promote implementation of pedestrian-focused design, develop active transportation plans and policies, establish effective partnerships within the City and with advocacy and community organizations, and secure funding opportunities to enhance safety for people who walk, bike and take transit. She is embarking on the City’s first ever Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, shoring up a Complete Streets Engineering Toolbox, infusing methodologies, metrics and a data-driven approach into the department’s activities.

Alexandros Washburn is industry professor and founding director of the Center for Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence (CRUX) at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He was formerly the Chief Urban Designer of the New York City Department of City Planning under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former public works advisor and chief architect for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Thank you to our sponsor Island Press for keeping webinars like these free. Visit Island Press to purchase Tactical Urbanism by Michael Lydon and Anthony Garcia and The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective by Alexandros Washburn.

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