How to Unlock Hidden Potential in Your City: Video Tutorial and Toolkit
Drawing on decades of Scott Burnham’s hands-on repurposing work, strategies, and global research, participants will learn how to identify and unlock hidden potential and utilize the extra abilities of existing urban assets to make cities more livable, resourceful, and resilient.
Your purchase gives you unlimited access to the online video tutorial and a downloadable copy of the toolkit How to Reprogram the City (retail price $9.95). The toolkit is a 40-page self-guided collection of insights, examples, and exercises to help people improve their city and communities using existing assets in new ways.
During the 42-minute video, participants will learn how to:
- Discover the untapped potential of existing urban assets.
- Leverage new opportunities to improve life in the city.
- Transform the urban landscape into a platform of possibility.
This online tutorial draws on a decade of Scott Burnham‘s repurposing projects, strategies, and global research. In the session he will show participants how to unlock hidden potential and utilize extra abilities contained in existing urban assets to make cities more livable, resourceful, and resilient.
When you purchase access to the tutorial, you will receive a generated password that will give you unlimited access to the online tutorial video covering repurposing existing urban assets and developing new ways of thinking about opportunity in the city. You will also be able to download the Toolkit: How to Reprogram the City for free.
The toolkit is a 40-page self-guided collection of insights, examples, and exercises to help people discover the untapped potential in their own city. It provides people with the tools to address a pressing problem: the new reality facing cities is one of limited resources. Whether financial, spatial, or material, the content of cities is finite. Yet the context of that content – how we use the assets we already have – is where the opportunity exists to respond to increasing urban needs using limited resources.
The video presentation and toolkit are based on road-tested keynote talks and workshops Burnham has delivered to some of the world’s leading architecture and design centers detailing the underlying strategies and ethos of Reprogramming the City.
Reprogramming The City is a global initiative showing how cities can do more with the infrastructure, assets, and systems they already have. It provides cities with new ways of thinking about how existing urban structures, surfaces and systems can be re-imagined, re-purposed and re-invented to do more in the city.
The latest Reprogramming the City was created for the city of Timisoara, Romania. Previous versions of Reprogramming the City have been created for DOGA: Design and Architecture Norway, in Oslo, Arkdes, Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, and the Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space Gallery.
Reprogramming the City is an illustration of Burnham’s belief that the city holds a vast amount of untapped ability. The structures, surfaces, objects and systems that underpin its daily operations have the potential to do more, to perform an alternate function, or assume an entirely new role in the mechanism of the city. Reprogramming the City re-contextualizes the hardware of the city as a platform of opportunity – infrastructure not as the end result of a previous creative process, but the beginning of a new one.
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