I want to do a project in my city where people photograph a street and do a digital makeover regarding their dreams and visions (full artistic freedom). I hope to start a constructive discussion about citizen-based city planning.

I did not find any examples of what I imagine, so I made one ( ). If you know of anything similar, please let me know. Some more examples would be helpful for initiating the project.

Hey Pip-
This is akin to a project you were considering I believe...

@dmk haha yes this is close to my vision, I just have to wait till I have the extra money to afford all the equipment (ive got most of it, but I need the cushion until some health issues are resolved)

But mine is more... illustrations, and the medium is more flexible.

I also plan on blending soundscapes.

@piponfishing Soundscapes would definitely improve the experience. Good idea, I will think about that.

For my project I will rely on some associations that spread the word around the city. Anything else should cost nothing as well. People either do their thing at home, or they have access to a computer club. The presentation of the results can be done on a city website, or in print in some cooperating public place. Well, that is the plan...

@dmk have you heard of scuttlebutt? It's what I'm looking into for offline/online community based digital communication

@dmk I live in an area where, whilst there are a lot of well-tended front gardens, the street is chock full of cars. I'd love to imagine it with large planters with tall trees on the road, seats, & little 'library' boxes where there was a list of different tools everyone had that could be borrowed, along with things people were giving away, from a jar of chutney you don't want, to gluts of veg you want to share.

I have the ideas in my head, but not the tech to do the before & after pic like you have

@GwenfarsGarden Although I have the tech, I made it with an "INTUOS pen & touch medium" in , I certainly miss the art part. One could also print out the photo and try it with good old pencils. It will not look worse, than what I fabricated 😆

@dmk ahh, I see. I don't feel I can justify spending the money on the pen touch thingy, but maybe I could try sketching it out. My art skills are rather appalling though!

@GwenfarsGarden Another form for realisation would be a collage. Putting together cut pieces from magazines that fit into the picture (trees, people, anything). One would only need scissors, glue, and some old magazines.

@dmk das zweite bild ist ja aber totale scheiße, nur neohippis würden in so einem kaff wohnen wollen

@roland Darum geht es nicht. Es geht darum Alternativen zum Status quo aufzuzeigen. Ich habe bloß ein Beispiel erstellt, dass die Methode verdeutlicht.

@dmk streetmix is a little similar, but it imagines road layouts, more than building fronts.

@t54r4n1 might not be what I had in mind, but it seems to be a great tool. Thanks a lot for recommending it! It probably will come in handy during some other project.

@dmk put trees in the middle of the roads. roads should all be green spaces.

@NoGodsNoSenpais I share the sentiment. However, I would not propose this, since it would also block emergency and supply vehicles. While this is my standpoint as an engineer, I would still love to see someone digitally transforming a street into a beautiful and functional garden.

@dmk This is happening in some places in Rennes/France, but not nearly fast enough to my taste. In some places where it happened, somtimes cars are banned for one or two days in summer and people get out with tables, kids with toys and stuff, and it feels so alive. The only thing missing is grass everywhere.

Cars ruin cities and should be reserved to people who strictly need them IMO.

@Hiro Well, it is hard to change the current destructive habits regarding cars. No wonder, since a whole industry depends on it, and does everything to maintain the status quo. These few days where cars are banned give at least some inspiration to people about what could be. Couldn't agree more with your last paragraph.

@dmk If you wanted to make a helpful image description, you could describe what the changes are between the two images. As it is now, it tells people who can't see the images exactly nothing about what you want to communicate.

I would love to see a project like this really inclusive of disabled people, because we/they should be involved in every step of city planning.

@jules @dmk Since it's nice to have an example, here are the image descriptions I would use:

"A view down a canyon-like city street with 3-story buildings crammed in on both sides, which are entirely lined with cars"

"The same street, with sketched-in changes: The cars are gone, there's a bike path and sidewalk down the right side, and the left side has various plantings including trees. Pedestrians are present. A colorful set of triangle flags stretches across the street."

@jules @dmk I can't speak for people with visual impairments, but I often browse fedi from a browser that doesn't display images, and that's the kind of description that would be useful for me. :-)

@varx @jules
Thanks a lot for opening my eyes to the relevance of image descriptions! I will take that in mind for any future posts. Likewise, big thanks for the very precise example description!

@dmk Adding stickers (digital) to the images? It would be easier for other people to reproduce the idea. Could it be superimposed on Mapillary images? to avoid having to use Google Maps like in this great project:

@garigari Sorry, I do not posses such tech wizardry. But thanks for pointing out, did not know that. However, I noticed that it mainly shows streets from a car drivers point of view. I would rather improve streets and neighbourhoods from a pedestrian (and cyclist) angle. Creating cities for people, not for cars.

@dmk Hi Daniel,
I also believe and advocate for more inclusive cities that offer different means of mobility as an alternative to the automobile. The improvement of the pedestrian, cyclist and public transport infrastructure is undoubtedly essential. Some examples of how the Mapillary tool has been used in search of visualizing the first two: cyclists.html

Another source of inspiration (I hope you enjoy this one more):

@garigari Hi Gari, Thanks for pointing out the diverse uses of the Mapillary tool:
I definitely will ask some people (offline social network) if that could be useful for them.

By pointing out you provided exactly what I was looking for. 👍
Their "Project Studies" and "Collaborative Design Challenges" provide tons of examples for my project. Thanks a lot!

@dmk hey! While I'm very passionate about biking, I'm not sure that this street really needs biking lane. It is also a poor candidate for a walking street because facades are "dead": there are no business, this is where people sleep and here some spaces where people can come together I needed but there's not enough traffic for walking it seems
There's one Russian group which did a lot of projects:

@charlag Hey Charlag! Thanks for pointing out

Regarding my drawing, it is only meant as a methodical example for what project I have in mind, people re-imagining their own streets and neighbourhoods.

Besides, I had my reasons why I drew it as it is now. First, the walkways were already there, only hidden by the cars. You are right, the facades are 'dead', which is why I incorporated some plants and a bench. Interestingly, a friend of mind told me about how lively this street was some decades ago, a kind of playground for the neighbourhoods children with only one or two cars parking there. Anyway, I introduced the red asphalt biking lane as a compromise, because it is a cobbled street now and the historic monuments protection authority would never agree to asphalt the whole street for making biking a viable option.

On a side note, my project idea was recently taken up by a local association and is now called respectively

@dmk glad that the project has taken traction, forgive me if I made invalid assumptions!
May I ask which part of Hamburg it is (I assume it's Hamburg by your profile)?

@charlag Thanks and don't worry, we all have to work on some assumptions...
It is actually a street in Schwerin, the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (smallest state capital in Germany). Since it is not so well known, I go with Hamburg Metropolitan Region, which comprises as well.

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