NEW, DEMOCRATIC FORMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FROM THE GROUND UP

WE ALL CAN BE URBAN PRACTITIONERS

OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS BY PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE

UNLEASHING THE CREATIVITY OF PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THEIR CITIES

Manifesto

THE KEY TO FIXING OUR BROKEN PATTERNS OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT LIE IN GRAND PLANS OR GIANT PROJECTS.

RATHER IT LIES IN THE COLLECTIVE INITIATIVE AND ENERGY OF PEOPLE.

Massive Small theory shows how by using simple structuring rules for urban development, based on understanding the city as a complex system, government and people can collaborate in making places that are adaptive and can meet the challenges of the future.

With roots in the great urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs,  Christopher Alexander and E. F. Schumacher, we integrate this thinking with Complexity Theory and a scientific understanding of Sustainability and Resilience in cities.

Massive Small works with cities as they really are – deeply complex systems, wherein over prescriptive regulation proves  unpredictable and ineffective. As such it offers an alternative to our current highly mechanistic model of urban development.

We are here to support you in making your city work, whether you are a member of the community, professional, politician, civil servant or academic.

An example of ‘Massive Small’ land subdivision:  The government divides up territory, offering it at the lowest possible rate, allowing land to quickly and simultaneously be developed by the initiative of many people

Mission

We believe that incremental bottom-up initiative supported by an enabling top-down policy and intervention provides our best chance at creating thriving cities.

Our core purpose is to change the way we make cities by putting in place conditions that unleash the creative force of people to shape their environment.

To achieve this lasting transformation to our systems of urban development we use the following strategies to support the process of Massive Small throughout the world:

CORE STRATEGIES TO TRANSFORM OUR SYSTEMS:

COMMUNITY

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On this platform you can:

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KNOWLEDGE

Read about Massive Small in action, learn ideas, tools and tactics for making Massive Small change.

  • Here we curate articles, papers and videos from across the world.
  • By Joining the collective you can also share articles and videos that you discover with the rest of the community.
  • View Lectures and Documentaries by disrupters and learn the real potential of massive small.

INFLUENCE

Work with us in transforming our systems of Urban Development

Showing how by harnessing massive small energy they can achieve far more, at a time when governments have to do much more with less finance.

If you are at a senior level, or acknowledged in your profession, and you believe that and would like to endorse what massive small stands for and/or place your interest in joining our register of massive small thought leaders, please contact us.

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