MA Urban Design Studio | Group 6: Tactical Design Precedents
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Group 6: Tactical Design Precedents

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Ta Tata Tutu in the Sound Shower

As part of an urban regeneration project Berges de Seine, the Collectif Etc was invited by Artevia and Apur to generate new uses of the space under the bridge of the Concorde in Paris. Based on a device already set up by Radio Nova and TSF Jazz, which have installed a system along the bank to listen to music through mobile phones, the intervention built a dance floor (phase 1) and some other furniture (phase 2) that can be dismantled and removed within 24 hours, to provide a friendly environment to share music and dance for the pedestrians.

Those are the reason that make this intervention a good example of tactical urbanism for us. Firstly, starting from 9 to 14 December 2013 and from 21 to 26 April 2014, it was a short-term project. Secondly, it utilized the resource already exists to optimize the uses of space. Last but not least, the constructions were all easy to be assembled and dismantled, without any risk to wreck anything.


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Cairo Downtown Passages – Kodak Passage

Organized collaboratively by CLUSTER with DEDI and CKU from April, 2014 to January, 2015, the project aims to develop a pilot urban design and art project in the northern part of downtown Cairo, highlighting existing and emerging initiatives and activating underutilized public spaces.

The indoor spaces flanking Kodak offer an opportunity for pilot art and cultural programs that may potentially spill over the passage integrating all premises and engaging these programs with wider public. Also, the “Green Oasis” project brings marquee lighting and the possibility for film screenings to a previously dark and decaying space.

Apart from short-term, low risk with high reward, another highlight of this tactical project is the work to engage multiple stakeholders, including residents, shop owners, developers, street vendors, women’s right groups, artists and cultural organizations, planners and heritage conservation groups, from which can we learn the importance to analyze the needs and balance the interests from different groups of people.


Xingyuan Chen