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Our cities have numerous unused, ignored, and dead spaces that are neither private nor public. These spaces or voids are usually by-products of development projects that result in unattractive and unsafe urban fabric. Efforts should be made to tap into these spaces that have the potential to enhance the imageability of the built environment along with the quality of life and comfort of the residents. To reclaim these lost spaces, several examples of tactical urbanism are seen around the world in the form of initiatives such as open streets, de-fencing, pop-up gardening, de-paving, etc. Tactical Urbanism is a process that involves citizens to provide interventions that are low cost, short term, temporary, and easy to build.
Within these lines, this course aims to motivate students to first, explore and discover the neglected urban spaces in their surroundings. Next, the students will synthesize, analyze the site context, local needs, and communities to rethink and revitalize the unutilized and abandoned spaces as a potential urban asset. The output will be in form of design proposals to revive urban voids through DIY solutions that are tactile and easy to implement in nature.