It’s time for citizens to take back urban planning


A few years ago, urban planner Nick Williamson came up with a transformative experiment: working with ordinary citizens and using rapid iteration to experiment with the design of their city. The result was more than he could have imagined, and paved the way for a whole new approach to urban design. For the last 20 years, Nick Williamson has forged his career working at the intersection of Planning, Surveying, Law, and Spatial Science. Much of that time has been spent in and around local government, although he spends a lot of time talking to ‘ordinary people’ as well. His specialist area has been acting as interpreter where lay people and technocrats collide. His current interest areas and passion are best described as #opengov #agile #civichacking #GOV2.0 #opendata #startup #crowdsourcing #tacticalurbanism #bigdata #geodesign #placemaking #GIS #storytelling #indigenous #socialmedia #DataVIZ #crowdfunding #augmentedreality #public #entrepreneurship #infographics #placerace #LoveItHere! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


Author: Nick Williamson
Source: TEDxChristchurch
Date Published: July 6, 2015

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