The annual conference of Boston Area Research Initiative is starting today, April 30th, under the theme “Building Back Smarter’. The event is fully online and is marking the institute’ s 10th anniversary.
This paper introduces an alternative narrative for urban resilience. It attempts to emphasize the value of community and its prospect to create bottom-up, non-capital oriented and non-bureaucratic urban change. In this paper, emphasis is placed on societal issues, by acknowledging the user-generated transformative power in counteracting the mundane systemic pressures, and overcoming global crises (health, economic, climate, etc.) at a local scale.