"Over the past year, many of us have enjoyed outdoor dining in spaces that
would otherwise have been car parks or part of the road. These spaces are one
example of the temporary projects that popped up to help cities in Australia
and around the world adapt to COVID. These quickly installed projects have met
our changing needs for space for walking, cycling, public space and, of course,
dining to help businesses to stay afloat.
While these temporary projects were driven by the necessity for short-term
fixes, we can draw deeper lessons from these experiences. They have been,
intentionally or not, a large-scale experience with experimentation in cities,
and short-and long-term impacts should flow. In the short term, some of these
experiments can be become permanent. In the long term, wider-scale urban
experiments can become a permanent feature of how we shape cities.
Experiments can help us navigate change in cities. They can also make us braver
by allowing us to test out ideas that might fail or that not everyone seems to
like. If the past year has made us more comfortable and confident with
experimenting, all the better to help our cities meet the challenges ahead."
Share and enjoy,
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics