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Recoded City examines alternative urban design, planning and architecture for the other 90%: namely the practice of participatory placemaking, a burgeoning practice that co-author Thomas Ermacora terms ‘recoding’. In combining bottom-up and top-down means of regenerating and rebalancing neighbourhoods affected by declining welfare or struck by disaster, this growing movement brings greater resilience.
Recoded City sheds light on a new epoch in the relationship between cities and civil society by presenting an emerging range of collaborative solutions and distributed governance models. The authors draw on their own fresh research of global pioneers forging localist design strategies, public-realm interventions and new stakeholder dynamics. As the world becomes increasingly digital and virtual, a myriad of online tools and technological options is becoming available. These give unprecedented co-creation opportunities to communities and professionals alike, yielding the benefits of a more open – DIY – society.
Because of its close engagement with people, place and local identity, the field of participatory placemaking has huge untapped potential. Responding to the challenges of the Anthropocene era,Recoded City is for decision-makers, developers and practitioners working globally to make better and more liveable cities.
The future of urbanism is being recoded: no longer the preserve of the external elite, it is being fundamentally affected by the impact of participatory placemaking, putting citizens front and centre of the new open source city. By changing the ways they see their communities, people talk, learn and develop new ways of bringing about positive change to their local environments.
Recoded City is for practitioners and placemakers, architects and designers, planners and urbanists. As professions converge and hybridise, Recoded City is both an inspiration and a practical assessment of what works and how to facilitate change.
The future of cities is about maximizing social equity and social capital ? Recoded City shows how it can be done.