From Sparks of Brilliance to Waves of Reform
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The other day, a distinguished academic colleague made a provocative argument: That the numerous practices of bottom-up urbanism, now becoming increasingly popular in the academy under the rubrics of “do-it-yourself (DIY) urbanism”; “guerilla urbanism”; “tactical urbanism” etc., are the surest sparks of brilliance and hope for our urban future. That these modest grassroots efforts by activists and non-government organizations are seeing uncanny success on issues, and in places, where formal planning has failed to make any relevant impact. That these efforts continue to remain beneath the radar, and need to be highlighted and brought into mainstream dialogues on the future of our cities.