Take some time to get active and explore your own community – then report back what you learned.
Grab some friends and head out to experience your own city or community – attend a public concert, ride public transportation, enjoy some local green space – the sky’s the limit! What did you try and how did it feel to connect with your community in that way? Did you find evidence of vibrancy and/or decline during your activity? What did you learn?
Although vibrancy implies movement, sometimes all you need is somewhere to sit. Filling an open, public space with plentiful and inviting seating is a low-cost way to create a place where people want to be and not just move through.
Imagine - a reclaimed heritage island in the middle Sydney's sparking blue harbour, million-dollar views for free, with crumbling & rusting industrial warehouses becoming the canvases for street artists, drawing crowds from afar. Welcome to Outpo
Commonstudio has combined seed bomb technology with gumball machines to spread green throughout Los Angeles, and similarly, Guerilla Gardening uses the tagline "Gardening public space with or without permission." Both projects are seeding mischief.
Create a collaborative 'tour guide' for recent transplants to your city. It will help everyone explore the city and allow the newbies to feel at home faster. You might even learn something you didn't know!
I recently returned from a visit to Detroit and was excited to learn about efforts to revitalize the city. Given the inherent challenges and opportunities in mobilizing Detroit, I suggest some possible ways to help these efforts grow and succeed.
"Knitta Please is the group of artists who began the "knit graffiti" movement in Houston, Texas in 2005. They are known for wrapping public architecture - lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage - with knitted or crocheted material"
I went for a power walk in the sun around the island of Kungsholmen the other day in Stockholm, Sweden and it both made me feel I am alone in nature as well as in a buzzing city together with tons of other people with whom I can simply coexist.
Runners in Cutlerville, Michigan for Brian Diemer race. Running has become my active social lifestyle. Running communities in West Michigan like runGR.com have brought many people from diverse background to intimately explore cities.
The space under the Burnside Bridge had been troubled by drugs and prostitution, but was revitalized by local skaters who over the course of several years they laid down all the concrete they could carry to create the skatepark.
I had known about the [Murmur] project for a while, but I finally took a Saturday to stroll around and find the green, ear-shaped signs. Through my mobile phone, I called the local number on the sign and, for the first time, listened to my city.
The streets of India are filled with vibrancy and most of the retail happens by leveraging local labor. Vendors selling local flavors and skills occupy busy spaces to offer their services at cheap rates, which leverage their sales.