Mike Lydon: Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change

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Mike Lydon is coauthor of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, named by Planetizen among the top 10 planning books of 2015. photo / provided

Mike Lydon is a principal of Street Plans Collaborative, an international award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. With Tony Garcia, Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and coauthor of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change (Island Press, 2015), which was named by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of the year.

Lydon received a B.A. in American cultural studies from Bates College and a master of urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan. He lives in Brooklyn and encourages you to trade four wheels for two.


In the 21st century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects — from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives — have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the tactical urbanism movement. Whether creating vibrant plazas seemingly overnight or reimagining parking spaces as neighborhood gathering places, they offer a way to gain public and government support for investing in permanent projects, inspiring residents and civic leaders to experience and shape urban spaces in a new way.

This exciting colloquium presentation will provide an overview of the global tactical urbanism movement supported by numerous case studies illustrating how this approach to neighborhood building and the project delivery process helps communities of all sizes make positive change happen fast.

Cosponsored by the Russell Van Nest Black Lectureship Fund and the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis.
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