The Massive Small Compendium provides the ideas, tools and tactics that practically demonstrate and simply communicate different ways of enabling bottom-up response through top-down action. 

Its audience is:

  1. Active citizens and community groups looking for inspiration
  2. Civic leaders and urban managers looking for motivation
  3. Urban professionals and academics looking for new horizons

It does this through:

APPLIED RESEARCH

Showing relevant small change projects worldwide

COMPLEXITY THEORY

Showing open adaptive urban systems at work

 INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

Showing how we can learn from others

PRACTICAL MANUALS

Showing simple rules for delivering urban change

ONLINE PLATFORMS

Providing a catalogue of supporting downloads


A sample of our PROJECTS:

  1. ‘The Invisible Chassis: An instructional manual for building urban neighbourhoods’ by Kelvin Campbell with support of Kickstarter community (Available in March 2017)
  2. ‘The Radical Incrementalist: How to build urban society in 12 lessons’ by Kelvin Campbell and Rob Cowan with support of Kickstarter community – Author and publisher (available on Amazon)
  3. ‘Massive Small: The Operating System for Smart Urbanism’ by Kelvin Campbell – Author and publisher (available on Amazon)
  4. ‘Re:Urbanism, A challenge to the Urban Summit’  by Kelvin Campbell and Rob Cowan: Author and publisher (available on request)
  5. ‘By Design: Urban Design in the Planning System’. UK Government urban policy guide by Kelvin Campbell and Rob Cowan. Published by CABE
  6. New Statesman/ City Metric thinkpieces:
  7. ‘How to make Massive Small change in an increasingly complex, informal and local world’, Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellowship with University College London
  8. ‘The Popular Home Initiative’, a practical research project with five London boroughs showing how we can move back to a more distributed housing system.
  9. LinkedIn Pulse blogs:
    • Making Massive Small change to build a better urban society
    • Why do top-down and bottom-up need each other?
    • The Massive SMALL Project: Build a better urban society
    • Be a Radical Incrementalist: How to build a better urban society in 12 easy lessons
  10. UrbanISM (Integrated Spatial Modellling) – developing simple tools to build collaboration and understanding between governments and people.
  11. The Berlin Townhouse Project Review – a case study showing how the Berlin mayor is forming new neighbourhoods with high levels of bottom-up community action
  12. Smart Urbanism LinkedIn group: Curating our online platform of 22,000 members