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Better Blocks: One of Many Urban Acupuncture Needles

Architecture News - Dec 06, 2011 - 18:46   5045 views

Tactical urbanism is one of the monikers applied to small-scale development projects that are tied to the bigger picture. Now, thanks to Finnish architect Marco Casagrande, a new term is being bandied about: urban acupuncture. Drawing from the ancient Chinese healing art, this strategy views cities as living, breathing organisms and pinpoints areas in need of repair. Sustainable projects, then, serve as needles that revitalize the whole by healing the parts. From Rio to Dallas, cash-strapped municipalities can no longer invest in massive developments. In their stead, citizens, activists, and architects lead the way on small projects that make big differences.