Creating Cities Paperback – September 1, 2015
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- Paperback : 194 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0992568740
- ISBN-10 : 0992568749
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Publisher : Niche Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #959,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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People have suggested it isn't really that hard to get a bunch of creative types to move into empty buildings. Maybe it isn't, but getting the owners and legislators to accept it and even to encourage it is another matter. The Renew scheme meant reassuring agreements were drawn up where occupants guaranteed they'd look after the premises and actually be there, not just pop in one afternoon a week, and that they'd move out as soon as the owner needed them to. Failures were expected, and they happened, but they were low-risk failures and happened quickly, and everyone learned. Quite a few succeeded, some succeeded spectacularly. It might seem simple in retrospect, but the beauty of this book is how the practical and financial concerns of building owners were matched with the aspirations of makers, artists and business people to create unexpected energy. Revitalisation sometimes comes from grand projects, but here it came from the ground up, from hundreds of people having a go. The Renew model has been used now in dozens of places. 'Creating Cities' is a concise and entertaining summary of how it came about.