Urban Acupuncture

“Interventions in public space don’t need to be ample and expensive.”

“The lack of resources is no longer an excuse not to act. The idea that action should only be taken after all the answers and the resources have been found is a sure recipe for paralysis.”

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There are lots of ‘small interventions’ which can be made to the urban landscape:

Part-pedestrianisation for Sidmouth town centre for 2021? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Creating a Coral Reef Community Garden at the Ham – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Planting trees: where, what and why? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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This is ‘urban architecture’ – which has been around for some years now:

Urban acupuncture – Wikipedia

Could cities’ problems be solved by urban acupuncture? | Guardian sustainable business | The Guardian

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The latest on Arch Daily looks at the idea – and gives some concrete examples too:

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Urban Acupuncture: Regenerating Public Space Through Hyper-Local Interventions

Urban acupuncture is a design tactic promoting urban regeneration at a local level, supporting the idea that interventions in public space don’t need to be ample and expensive to have a transformative impact. An alternative to conventional development processes, urban acupuncture represents an adaptable framework for urban renewal…

Drawing from the metaphor of the Chinese traditional medical practice, urban acupuncture refers to the improvement of social and urban issues through precise interventions that revitalize areas of the city, and consolidate urban planning strategies.

Three times mayor of Curitiba, architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner is one of the lead advocates of urban acupuncture, seeing it as a means to bring immediate improvements to the urban environment, bypassing long decision–making processes… As he sees it, “the lack of resources is no longer an excuse not to act. The idea that action should only be taken after all the answers and the resources have been found is a sure recipe for paralysis”…

By defining areas with limited vehicle access, called “superblocks”, Barcelona first implemented the transformation using reversible and inexpensive means…

Pocket parks and community gardens are a relatively inexpensive investment in the urban environment… These interventions are proven to have significant benefits for the mental health of citizens

Urban Acupuncture: Regenerating Public Space Through Hyper-Local Interventions | ArchDaily

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