Synthesis of the Tactical Urbanism workshop

A post report by Ethel Baraona and Paco González, directors of Tactical Urbanism workshop.

The work we have done for the process of networking in the Tactical Urbanism workshop was as facilitators. That means we had designed an initial approach to an existent frame. We choose a very few rules to make the process understandable to all the participants and then we liberate the process. At this step, we had to step back, so participants can go on without being influenced by our previous thinking.

At the beginning this network process may had be seen as a blurred cloud of independent drops of ideas. At the end, the cloud evolves with the internal and external dynamics of the whole environment. Usually the drops of all these ideas fall down as if we were in the middle of a storm. We think the cases of study researched by the participants and their proposals will become the rain that may help to grown up better actions for the Dreamhamar process and the Stortorget Square in Hamar.

The following charts try to synthesis the process of Tactical Urbanism workshop.

Also we think Silvia Schiuliani have been done it better than us


Dreamhamar is a participatory and network design process led by Ecosistema Urbano to redesign the Stortorget Square in Hamar, Norway. What was the purpose of the Tactical Urbanism online workshop for Dreamhamar?

Tactical Urbanism is aimed to develop urban practices with the use of new technologies, which improves the livability of our towns and cities, starting at the street, block, and public space. If we agree with Henri Lefebvre when he says that the urban is, therefore, pure form; a place of encounter, assembly, simultaneity; we can see the importance of the concept of “tactical urbanism” and how a connected society is able to take the city back.

The community of our workshop was formed by Hazem Adel, Sara Armento, Silvia Schiaulini, Susana Isabel Mira, Professor Fabrizio Zanni and his team and students from the Politecnico di Milano, Professor Javier Buron and his students from University of Limerick, and Matias Lecoq as an open participant. Also we realize through the process that Francesco Cingolani, Urška Černigoj as coordinators and Agatka Ruchlewicz-Dzianach as a usual follower were also part of this community.

Silvia Schuliani synthesized the process on her post Tag Community | Considerations with this brief quote by Noa Peer (read the full post Learning from Hamar)

“To build a square we need to build a community first. A community is the foundation of a square.”

All of us were “foreigners” and we haven’t visited Hamar for this workshop. The main point of the on-line workshop was to share information about the place and the learning environment in a digital way and using network design tools: the dreamhamar booklet for preliminary urban design, lectures by streaming with real-time chat, simultaneous conversation with Google Hangout, non-simultaneous conversation and content sharing in the blog. Instead a place, we meet together at a time and an scheduled dates.

“The main idea behind Open P2P Design is that technology, tools and the sharing of information alone are not enough for setting up successful open organizations, and that we can co-design such open organizations, tools and technologies with the active participation of communities.”

– Massimo Menichineli @openp2pdesign

And, the final questions we used as the leitmotif of our the five open-lectures: What will you do in the Stortorget square? What can Dreamhamar be?


Our approach for the on-line workshop was based on sharing some case studies as a research methodology, projects that can be included in the context of Tactical Urbanism or bottom-up strategies. This projects aimed to make us think critically about the differences between “guerrilla urbanism”, “DIY”, “spatial practices” among many others, to deeply understand the way our cities evolve and react appropriately in order to catalyzing long term change with short term action.

To have some order between all this material, we choose a taxonomy to bundle some of the characteristics of the cases. We thought about them as tags, because we can assign more than one to each case:

*Narrative / Story Telling
“The importance of stories lies in elements in which others can relate to and, recognise the situation in terms of emotions and experiences.” – Spicing up public journeys – Storytelling as a design strategy. Sandra Viña, Tuuli Mattelmäk.

The High Line and Danish Pavillion at Shanghai Expo. Posted by Hazem Adel
About Storytelling. Posted by Sara Armento
Storytelling Inspirational. Posted by Silvia Schuliani
Quietly Loud Voices. Posted by Susana Isabel Mira
Touched echo and street art. Posted by Jelena Stepanovic – University of Limerick.
Go Play Outside. Posted by Božidar Milošević – University of Limerick.
12 Actions To Make The Cidade Da Cultura Transparent By Andrés Jaque Arquitectos. Posted by Professor Javier Buron – University of Limerick.
Banco Guerrilla. Posted by Matias Lecoq.

*Community / Collective
The formation of a closed or open group, facing different issues in different situations.

El Sawy Cultural Wheel // Tactical Urbanism In Cairo and Favela Painting Project and Dar al-Islam in Mexico. Posted by Hazem Adel.
Tag Community | Considerations and Tag Love & Comfort considerations. Posted by Silvia Schuliani
Pomegranate Center and Energy of the space. Posted by Jelena Stepanovic – University of Limerick.
Reserve the space for change and celebrate the informal and Burnside Skatepark. Posted by Professor Javier Buron – University of Limerick.
Social Intervention and possibilities of social involvement. Posted by Božidar Milošević – University of Limerick.
Community Garden and Public Space in Pieces. Posted by Matias Lecoq.

*Documentation / Archive
The collection, order and sharing of valid information resources to be reproduced, altered or remixed by others, in the same situations or adapted to new ones.

About documentation and archive. Posted by Sara Armento.
Banco Guerrilla. Posted by Matias Lecoq.

*Open p2p design / network design
The implementation of the design of organizations and processes based on the networking culture.

Study of networking process at Tactical Urbanism workshop and Design Strategies And Collaborative Process. Posted by Sara Armento
We need to puzzle something out!. Posted by Silvia Schuliani
Public Space in Pieces. Posted by Matias Lecoq.

With these four main tags or categories it was easy to understand the taxonomy of the workshop: to share and discuss the cases, to debate with the participants of the workshop and to try to suggest them to find new cases related with Dreamhamar process.

“I like thinking about the Strotorget as ‘work-in- progress’ space. The square which will never stop to be a inspiring space and always be a start point for making the new connections between the people.” – Agata Ruchlewicz-Dzianach @dreamhamar participant

As the result of the process, we selected some of the cases of study researched by the participants and shared them at the final public session. As part of a network design process, all this case studies can be rearranged in their classification, tags and chronology… and we think all these possibilities are true.


We want to remark the richness of a participatory process such as “Dreamhamar Tactical Urbanism on-line workshop”. Participants not only presented their projects, they have discussed their ideas using the comments on the blog and the Google+ Hang Out, analyzing and remixing their thoughts. The result is more than satisfactory and we see it as the start point for more discussions and brainstorming in the future, that can help us to improve the livability of our cities.

A Sunlight Study And Proposal For Stortoget By Hazem Adel and its process.

Random Reflections About An Architecture Of Participation | A Proposal By Sara Armento and its process [1] [2]

Two Low Cost Proposals For Stortorget | Silvia Schiaulini and its process.

Dreamhamar/Proposals For Stortorget By Politecnico Di Milano and its first works and concepts. And a gift by Fabrizio Zanni: A Fairy Tale for Hamar.

First ideas on Stortorget square by the students of the University of Limerick

Situations & Collective Sense | A Proposal By Matias Lecoq and its process.


We’re very glad to have such active participants like: Hazem Adel, Sara Armento, Silvia Schiaulini, Susana Isabel Mira, Fabrizio Zanni, Javier Buron and Matias Lecoq in this workshop. It has been a great opportunity for both of us being involved in a network design process with them and the team of Ecosistema Urbano for DreamHamar’s project.

Special thanks to Francesco Cingolani and Urška Černigoj for being our facilitators to DreamHamar’s process. Also thanks to Jaime Ezaguirre for patiently answer us a lot of questions about Hamar and Dreamhamar.

Finally, thanks to Belinda Tato, José Luis Vallejo and Ecosistema Urbano’s team for being confident in network design process and shifting the conventional approach to design public space of the majority of architecture offices. We encourage you to continue working in this way!


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+ GOOGLE BOOKS BIBLIOGRAPHY: Tactical Urbanism GoogleBooks