Yes, ‘strategic urbanism’, that captures it too. Had forgotten that note; thanks for the reminder! Very good. I think the key thing is the detail on how. I want to know what sort of governance unit could do that work—see tactical as R&D (which requires a kind of active observation and engagement) and then devise structures, strategies and policies which build that innovation into broader systemic change. Without killing it! We tried a bit of that in our work at SITRA in Helsinki. But there’s not enough of that around; at least, devised as explicit strategy, or playbook.

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

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