Note: I'm saving clippings and notes in preparation for the event on Nov. 19th at the VDL Neutra House (see this post; all tagged "glam").
I'm curious to know more about what goes on at the Congress for New Urbanism Council meetings, glimpsed at here.
They recently met in Montgomery, Alabama, and I can't help but wonder if there is any discussion among new urbanists of that very state's recent and historic anti-immigration law. If anyone reading this knows, please let me know. The post mainly focuses on what New Urbanism can promise in terms of re-igniting economic growth under the conditions that the author terms "The New Normal."
Meanwhile, I was surprised to see that the CNU has also taken notice of "tactical urbanism" but I am not too sure that they are aware that tactical urbanism can be, in practice, all that is done with the space of the city basically for free or nearly free.
While that second post from the new urbanists does mention how tactical urbanism requires a low-barrier of entry in terms of investment, what strikes me as curious is that the CNU, as the first post went to great lengths to show, is ultimately about the utopian dreams of private property and economic growth. But the language and intention of occupation, now picking-up steam, is in so many ways about doing—for free, in public—what a developer would want to charge rent for or what a bank would sell you a mortgage for.
You are not supposed to sleep in a public park or take care of your bodily needs when those things can be absorbed into the privatized domestic environment. This is ultimately, in my mind right now, what the #Occupy movement threatens, and it is incompatible with New Urbanism or the urban governance agents more broadly, who defend the "rights" of property, not of speech or assembly. But where does "tactical urbanism" stand?
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