“I’m not sure I understand the obsession with reclaiming public space.” These were the words of one of my companions, new to the urban renewal conversation, at Saturday’s TEDxDumbo event, focused on the future of cities.
It was no wonder that we ended up wandering down this path of questioning, as the morning had been filled with fascinating speakers talking about various ways to experience, remember, disrupt, traverse, and yes, reclaim, public spaces from Maputo to Manhattan.
During this Session, each participant was given only two minutes to get the crowd excited about their idea, creating a rapid-fire chain of proposals for the audience to think over.
At the end of the Session, audience members were asked to vote for the “pitcher” with the most compelling idea—pledging to have this project adopted and realized by the community.
Prior to the event, the team at TEDxFactory798 sifted through dozens of applications—all submitted by people anxious to share their ideas for a future China with the TEDx community. Somehow, they narrowed it down to just five, but surely it wasn’t easy.
Below, the five Beijingers selected to share their ideas at TEDxFactory798 on TEDxCity2.0 day, including the generator of the winning project: