• Lecture


  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainability
Sep 14, Thu 17:30-18:30
Showroom / Messukeskus, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

Something has changed in our cities. People are moving to cities for their dynamic street life and elegant and personal services. At the same time we are building more and bigger units than ever. This creates a widening gap between large-scale developments and people’s willingness to mould their surroundings. Newly built areas take centuries to develop into lively cities that people appreciate.

There is a new approach – tactical urbanism – that promises to bridge this gap.

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.

Mike Lydon is a Principal of The 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, Mike is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, published by Island Press in 2015 and named by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of the year.

Mike received a BA in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and encourages you to trade four wheels for two.








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