Why not let local institutions and businesses adopt a storefront space in locations that need revitalization. For a symbolic fee local institutions and businesses adopt a space that they use for activities targeted to the local community.
What if local communities could get together with local home improvement stores or get funds from the city to create light installations that remix and illuminate the empty lots in a vibrant way that gives identity to the area.
The Farmshop transformed a derelict building in Dalston, London into an urban food hub with chickens on the roof, pigs in the backyard, and aquaphonic fish thanks in the livingroom. The rooms of the building are used for growing vegetables and educat
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.
Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College in India, with just this mission: to provide basic services and solutions in rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient. What if we apply this to struggling urban area's?
Brazillian rap artist MV Bill is a highly respected member of his community in the favela Cidade de Deus in Rio de Janeiro. He founded CUFA, the Central Union of the Favelas, a non-governmental organization that works in favelas throughout Brazil.