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Lucy speaks at events about Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, a new book

Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures is published by Routledge.

Oculus Book Talk: Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures

  1. Mon 12 September 2016
  2. 6:00-8:00pm
  3. Center for Architecture
  4. 536 LaGuardia Place
  5. NY, NY 10012
  6. USA
  7. tel: 212 683 0023

Join us at the Center for Architecture to hear Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant discuss their new book, Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures. Recoded City examines urban design, planning, and architecture for the other 90%; that is, the practice of participatory policymaking, which Ermacora has deemed "recoding." Recoded City challenges traditional modes of urban development with people-centered alternatives, exploiting digital fabrication technologies.

The book showcases 43 projects from around the world, exemplars of grassroots placemaking achieved through a high degree of participation by local residents and users collaborating with professionals. Often these are in economically deprived or disaster-hit areas and make use of new technology. The emphasis is on bottom-up rather than top-down, socially informed architecture rather than mega-planning, DIY rather than developer, liveability rather than profit. Following their presentation, Ermacora and Bullivant will be joined by Adam Lubinsky, Alex Alaimo, and Bill Menking to further explore the content of Recoded City.


Thomas Ermacora, FRSA
Founder and Creative Director, Clear Village
Lucy Bullivant, PhD, Hon. FRIBA
curator; author; and Founder and Creative Director,
Adam Lubinsky
Managing Principal, WXY Studio
Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA
Founder ORLI


William Menking
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Architect's Newspaper

Organized By

AIANY Oculus Committee

Co-Design In Participatory Placemaking (English)

  1. 14 June 2016
  2. 13:30-4.00pm
  3. Reinsert Academie Straatwaarden atelier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Case studies in activism (or not): Christian Ernsten (Reinwardt; curator), Dick Rijken (Haagse Hogeschool HHS). Keynote: Thomas Ermacora (regeneration architect London/New York) + Lucy Bullivant (cultural historian, London), co-authors of Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, 2016.

Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures (English)

  1. 14 June 2016
  2. 8.00pm
  3. Reinsert Academie Straatwaarden atelier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What does the distributed, open, and civic city of the future look like? With Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant. What does the distributed, open, and civic city of the future look like? How can examples of participatory placemaking become a scalable method for urban design and planning, serving more citizens equitably than dominant developer-shareholder led schemes? Authors Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant will present and discuss numerous examples of placemaking from all over the world, featured in their newly released book Recoded City.

New mindsets, methods, tools and technologies can create a renaissance in urban sustainability. As the book Recoded City shows, localist design strategies and interventions are already forging new stakeholder dynamics, and through various collaboration processes and sophisticated DIY approaches that make more with less, are solving problems everywhere. The burgeoning practice of participatory placemaking, which Ermacora terms 'recoding', combines bottom-up and top-down thinking. Through its ways and means of regenerating and rebalancing neighbourhoods affected by financial or social segregation, it represents a new standard for urban design.

Ermacora and Bullivant will discus these new collaborative, distributed governance and welfare models as emerging platforms of the open society, the democratisation of technology, 'wiki culture' and art as a community actor. It sheds light on issues including appropriate funding models, priorities of best practice in participatory placemaking, the nurturing of local assets, evaluation processes, and how to consider legacy.

The speakers will each discuss Recoded City's themes in the light of their individual career paths, in the case of Ermacora and his extensive professional placemaking consultancy globally, directly responding to the challenges of the Anthropocene era, and ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals, COP21 and Habitat III. He will explain his approach to creating commons, the relationship between places, people and data, and his evolving philosophy of design supporting more inclusive, distributed, open urban places through greater circularity, resilience and systems level biomimicry.

In her talk, Bullivant will convey her cultural historical perspectives on global shifts towards adaptive planning which have shaped exhibitions, books and her webzine on liveable urbanism, She will predominantly, but not exclusively, focus on examples from the Global South, and other unstable contexts, and talk about the shift from masterplanning and investment-dominated zoning to social and cultural situational strategies and enrichment, including through hyper-local approaches.


Martijn de Waal
Researcher, Urban Media & Citizen Empowerment, HvA

Beyond the Pages: Co-creating urban futures for the 90%

  1. 9 June 2016
  2. 6.30-8.30pm
  3. Limewharf Machines Room
  4. Limewharf
  5. Vyner Street
  6. London E2 9DJ

Organised by the Museum of ArchitecRecoded City: Co-creating Urban Futuresakers

Thomas Ermacora (Chair)
editor of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures
Lucy Bullivant
editor of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures
Clementine Blakemore
WORKSHOP architecture
Alastair Parvin
Petra Havelska and Igor Marko
Marko & Placemakers

Beyond the Pages are MoA 'live book' events, they are opportunities for contributors to edited volumes to present projects to an audience, releasing ideas beyond the confines of the printed image or the written word. Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, co-authored by Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant, examines the potential of citizen-led collaborative neighbourhood renewal strategies emerging in the interstices of rigid, top-down masterplanning, which has seen identity stamped out of place. Projects from Recoded City will be presented by their authors in short 5 minute presentations, followed by a chaired discussion among panelists and audience. The projects are examples of architecture and urban design that are socially engaged and motivated by a civic duty to help the 90%, not the privileged 10%. In the Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures architects are enablers and facilitators, working with citizens for a better future. The panel will discuss how we can collectively achieve the Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures.

Make No Small Plans at Late Tuesday

  1. Tues 8 March 2016
  2. 6-10pm
  3. RIBA
  4. 66 Portland Place
  5. London W1B 1AD

An evening of events including installations, talks, screenings and workshops from architects, artists, lecturers and students, with speakers Alexander Eisenschmidt (live from Chicago) and Dr. Lucy Bullivant (with a book signing of Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures).

Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures: Official Launch

  1. Mon 11 January 2016
  2. 6.30-8.30pm
  3. House of St Barnabas
  4. 1 Greek Street
  5. London W1D 4NQ
7:00pm Recital by London Contemporary Orchestra
7.30pm Conversation with authors Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant, chaired by Indy Johar, co-founder of Architecture 00

Master of Ceremonies

Paul Hughes
10 metres of Thinking