Can you Crowdsource a City?
10 MAY 2012 By: Vanessa Quirk
A screenshot of the Video for the City 2.0, the 2012 TED Prize Winner, which aims to usecrowdsourcingtechnologyto rebuild our cities. Photo via Atlantic Cities.
” (That‟s lighter, quicker, cheaper for the
unfamiliar).Urbanisms of the People have been getting awfully catch-phrasey these
days. What all these types of DIY Urbanisms share is a can-
do spirit, a “
”mentality: people are taking back their cities, without any “expert” help.
Unfortunately, of course, this mindset creates an anti-establishment (often, anti-architect) antagonism that would render any wide-spread change nigh impossible.Yes, the DIY movement, facilitated by the use of technology, is excellent forgetting people involved, for encouraging important, innovative ideas
.As Alexandra Lange recently pointed out in her
” technology is not a “magic wand,” and crowdsourcing initiatives often
fall short in the day-to-day, nitty-gritty work of a large-scale, long-term urbanproject.But while technology certainly has its limitations, its potential to facilitateconnection and communication is unparalleled. What is vital, however, is that thetechnology enhance,
, our physical relationships. Instead of using onlineplatforms as divisive or purely conceptual forums, they must becomes tools of transparency and trust-building, mediators of a conversation that invests andconnects all parties on the ground.