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Learning from tactical urbanism: Metropolitan perspectives for long-term solutions


The COVID-19 pandemic is leading urban communities to approach public spaces differently. The neighbourhood scale of urban life has become central for all citizens, who claim for new ways of public space appropriation. It is clear that social distancing is not the only matter that the current transformative urban design has to address. The emergency situation has highlighted many issues that affect urban areas and communities and that, if faced, could improve the quality of life of inhabitants.

Developed in the format of a round table, where participants can share ideas and learn from each other, this online session will gather members of Metropolis who will share their experiences and initiatives of tactical urbanism implemented at metropolitan level.


Looking for opportunities for the urban future:

In Metropolis we are convinced that local and regional governments should take the pandemic as a chance to learn about the fragilities of their governance models and rethink the future of their cities.

In particular, tactical urbanism can provide affordable approaches to change public space efficiently, including the voices of urban communities and implementing rapid solutions that encourage citizens to appropriate urban spaces.

However, in the long-term perspective, it is fundamental to recognise the complexity of urban realities, that make up metropolitan spaces where the coordination of different actors becomes essential to build sustainable policies. If urban transformations at the metropolitan scale are thought to be complex and expensive, tactical urbanism can provide insights to build better strategies, studying new multi-stakeholders financial models.

Four Metropolis members will participate in an active and dynamic debate, in which they will share their experiences on tactical urbanism under three different approaches:

1. Tactical urbanism: socio-economic lessons from the pandemic
2. The metropolitan scale of tactical urbanism: opportunities and stakeholders
3. Envisaging tactical urbanism in the long term





  • Karla Miranda, Deputy Director of Planning and Research, COAMSS/OPAM
  • Nadya Rangel, Secretary of Habitat, Alcaldía de Bogotá
  • Sílvia Casorrán, Head of Bicycle Projects at the Sustainable Mobility Services Directorate;
  • Noemí Martínez, Head of Projects and Urban Design Office at the Public Space Services Directorate;
  • Xavier Nogués, Head of the Mobility Projects Service at the Public Space Services Directorate at Metropolitan Area of Barcelona
  • Tony Van Nuffelen, International Coordinator at Urban Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region
  • Federico De Giuli, Architect and scientific director of the Italian University for Design IAAD, Metropolitan City of Turin
  • Peter Finau, Architect, Montréal
  • Moderator: Octavi de la Varga, Metropolis Secretary General
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  • Tactical urbanism has become an opportunity to use the public space for economic activities that are usually restricted to larger infrastructures, such as markets"
    Karla Miranda, Deputy Director of Planning and Research at COAMSS/OPAMSS