Urban Night Life /// Planners planning the night

I recently was pointed by blogger Urbanightlife towards the Manifesto Da Noite / Manifesto of the Night. by CoLaboratorio. This group in Sao Paulo was interested in making a case for city planners to pay attention to the night. The manifesto is quite new, being published only last year, on March 21st, 2014. The manifesto outlines several principles for thinking about nightlife in a planning context, including the following:

Our Principles for the night and the city:

  • Light up the night without destroying it;
  • Liven up the night respecting the biological rhythms of residents;
  • Guarantee public safety without curfews;
  • Unfasten the night while protecting the health and welfare of the people that work in it;
  • Allow for continuity between center and periphery, avoiding a one-dimensional night;
  • Regulate the night while caring to preserve its transgressive character;
  • Avoid all-encompassing regulation of the night without, however, abandoning it to market forces;
  • Link up the ‘right to the city’ with the ‘right to the night’;
  • Intervene in the night while preserving its sense of mystery;
  • We demand the right to the city’s night and to a fully-fledged 24h citizenship.

The night has many things to say to the day, Sao Paulo, March 21st 2014. 

The manifesto is full of interesting insights into the relatively unexplored area of night-planning, and reveals a host of problems associated with applying general planning concepts to the night. The key, I think, is that the night is transgressive. This makes ‘planning’ much more complicated. I got the sense from the manifesto that the writers want to have a stake in the night, but are conscious of the problems associated with intervening in the night.

Another night-planning/researching organization I’ve come across is Stadt nach Achta German think-tank and blog that investigates and collects resources on the nighttime economyand the space of the night. The blog, whose name translates to ‘City after Eight,” uploads information about their own nighttime economic studies and resources to relevant German and UK-focused research. 

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