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We have invited Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Finantial Times, to write about the urbanxchanger experience.
Ute E. Weiland, who initiated the urbanxchanger platform believes that grassroots projects have a vast and untapped potential for bringing peace and social harmony to cities around the world.
Marcos L. Rosa, curator of urbanxchanger, calls for new forms of collaboration in cities, to approximate architecture to what we refer to as an informal intelligence.
Operating in the East Zone of the city, community food gardens generate profits for the families who tend to the gardens, while at the same time educating people about the benefits of organic farming.
This project highlights the potential for underutilised areas to be converted into productive spaces: economically, socially and creatively.
The Miravalle Community Council aims to foster local transformation, and, in the process, become a model for socio-cultural reactivation in other marginalised urban communities.
Three interventions to three urgent issues: the importance of protecting the city’s edge; the effective use of local resources; and the safeguarding of public spaces.
Ana Álvarez, researcher in Mexico City, was the local coordinator for urbanxchanger in that city and draws her notes on that process.
Based in Retreat, the organisation concerns itself with ‘upcycling people, spaces and objects’.
The Table Structure is an Enabler for Self-empowerment: once people understand the concept of making permanent homes for themselves where they live, the permutations are endless, and the potential limitless.
Lindsay Bush, an architect and researcher from Durban, was the local coordinator for urbanxchanger Cape Town and draws her notes on that process.
CURE implements innovative slum upgrade projects: it offers alternative approaches to more traditional city planning, and encourages city administrators to un-think and de-engineer their current policy guidelines and solutions.
An innovative planning tool called the Schizo-Plan aims to address the power imbalance of Sangam Vihar, bringing the institutions and the community together on an equal footing.
Nitin Bathla, a social architect and researcher based out of Delhi, was the local coordinator for urbanxchanger Delhi and draws his notes on that process.