Mike Lydon is a Principal of Street Plans, an international award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities and in 2017 was named by Planetizen as one of the 100 most influential urbanists. NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, Next City, and Architect Magazine have featured his work, among many other national and international publications.
Mike collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010 and named one of the top ten planning books of 2010 by Planetizen. He is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project (2012), the co-creator and editor of The Mercado Project: Lessons from 20 Markets Across South America, and the globally acclaimed, five-volume Tactical Urbanism digital publication series (2011 – 2017).
The 21st Century city is at an existential crossroads. The resurgence of urban living has resulted in new open spaces, less crime, more transit options, and invigorated local stewardship, but it has also exacerbated traffic congestion, created housing shortages, and increased geographic inequality and vulnerability to disaster — both natural and man-made. To remain competitive, towns and cities must address these challenges, and do so in an environment of increasingly complex regulations and constrained resources. As a response, one of the most compelling developments in urban design has been the explosion of interim “quick build” interventions to experiment with and expedite mobility and placemaking solutions for the public realm. In this lecture, Street Plans co-founder Mike Lydon will highlight some relevant projects and emerging trends from around the globe in the years since he co-authored Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change (Island Press, 2015). Mike will also preview content from the forthcoming fall releases of three new publications: Fast-Tracked: A Tactical Transit Study, Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design Vol. 2, and The Art of Asphalt. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a discussion about opportunities for government agencies, private developers, BIDs, and neighborhood groups to employ similar tactics for executing public realm projects with greater speed, effectiveness, and community involvement.