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Tactical urbanism and governance

Tactical urbanism and governance

Focus Area



Government, Masterplanning and Urban Design, Sustainability





Tactical urbanism and governance

Driven by delivering a legacy which provides better outcomes for healthy, equitable communities, governments and councils can adopt tactical urbanism approaches as a way to generate change by challenging the status quo and enabling long term benefits through reduced risk.

Tactical urbanism is an approach for instigating neighbourhood change through temporary, low-risk and reduced cost interventions to experiment and test improvements before more significant investment is made. Projects range in use and scale, but may include pop-up cycle lanes, parklets, temporary wayfinding and pop up events – amongst others.

In this paper, Arup explores a range of case studies, the seven strategic functions of tactical urbanisation and tactics used to transform streets, public spaces and communities.