Seeing Havana with Fresh Perspective

Seeing Havana, Cuba through the lens of Ethan Kent provides a fresh perspective on a city that works for the people, through the artful and sensitive urban design.

We see children playing in the streets, outdoor markets, large middle median walkways and piazzas. All cultivate and reinforce the idea of community.

A sense of community is the pulse of any city that hopes to motivate its citizens towards their best selves — independently and together.

Look at Havana again. Perhaps we can learn something from a city that is not yet car-centric. Instead, it stands as a champion of pedestrians and life unfolding outdoors.

 

Photography Credit: Ethan Kent

Bella Roma | Beautiful Rome

In homage to one of our favorite cities, we share this stunning video love note from the NY Times.  It highlights many of the reasons we love Rome.

In onore di una delle nostre citta’ preferite, condividiamo questo video del NY Times che serve come una lettera di amore, sottolinenado tante delle ragioni per cui amiamo Roma.

Photo Credit: NY Times

From Ideas to Reality – Market Street Prototyping Festival

Whether you are walking quickly down the street rushing to work or strolling to meet a friend, you may get an epiphany of what the street is missing.  What would make this stretch of street more enjoyable to traverse, less annoying? What would engage, connect and inspire you and your fellow pedestrians?

The San Francisco Planning Department and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts have collaborated on a project that allows residents of the city to address these questions and more.  Fifty prototypes for Placemaking were selected and will be brought to life on Market Street April 9-11th.  Even if you will not be in San Francisco, it is a worthwhile activity to take a close look at these creative prototypes and see if any would work in your area.

The target area for the winning prototype will become a permanent part of downtown Market Street that is undergoing a 5-year renovation.

Festival Details

Photography Credit: Studio 1500

Art on Paper

Art on Paper is a paper-focused, international art fair that will take place in New York City at Pier 36 from March 5 – 8, 2015.

The art mediums represented include sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and photography, representing fifty-five galleries from around the world.

Pier 36 is a great example of a flexible urban space that be transformed for various city events and happenings.

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Feature Photography Credit: JHB Gallery

Pier 36 Photography Credit: docknyc.com

The Street Architecture Prize

Want to directly effect life in the city?  Take a look at this competition, the Street Architecture Prize.  It will be awarded to an interdisciplinary team with the most innovative project for a temporary outdoor structure to be built as part of Ideas City.

More info found here

What does a democratic street look like?

Julia D Day of Gehl Architects evaluates urban design from a point of view that challenges and questions the democracy seen and felt at street level.

Read her article The Street and the Search for Democracy

Photo Credit of Malmo, Sweden: Gehl Architects

New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis…Restaurant Week Continues

Restaurant Week continues in 3 exciting cities:

New York February 16 – March 6, 2015

Cleveland February 20 – March 1, 2015

Minneapolis February 22 – 27, 2015

Support your local businesses and enjoy great meals all, at discount prices.  Win/win/win!

Community Garden Q & A

Featuring Christine Evers/San Francisco Bay Area

How long have you been a member of your community garden?
-I’ve had a plot in the Brisbane community garden for about 15 years.

What are the best months for gardening and the most difficult?
-The garden produces most abundantly in the spring and summer, but in the SF Bay area we can grow vegetables year-round.

What do you plant in high season and in low season?
-In the spring, I usually plant lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, squash, string beans. This year I also grew miniature corn, very tasty. I like to grow crops that either taste better than those I find for sale or (like fresh baby corn) are not easily available. In the fall, I plant a variety of greens. This winter I planted several types of kale, Asian broccoli, and collards. These typically continue producing throughout the winter. I also have a rhubarb plant, which is dormant in the winter, but produces every spring. It is surprising how much you can grow in a small plot.

Chris Ever's Garden Produce Photo                                 Photo Credit: Christine Evers

What do you enjoy the most about the experience and what is the greatest challenge?
-I enjoy watching my plants grow, eating the crops I have grown, and sharing them with others who don’t garden. I also enjoy the physicality of gardening—the mild exercise, feeling the warmth of the sun, and smelling the earth. The garden also provides fellowship. It is a great way to meet people who live in town, but are not close neighbors.

Dealing with insects, snails, and gophers can be a frustration. It can also be a challenge to take care of my plot when I’m working a lot. However, that is a good challenge; I need the incentive to put down the computer and get outdoors.

How has it effected your relationship to your community and neighbors?
-As I said above, the [community] garden provides a place for people who live in different parts of town to come together. It certainly fosters a sense of community and I’m glad the city provides this service.

Excited by your community garden?  Share your story with Emerging.City to be featured in an upcoming column.  Reach out at query@emerging.city

 

Feature Photo Credit: Aminah Ricks

Support your city the culinary way – Restaurant Week

The season of Restaurant Week is upon us.  What better way to support your local community than by patronizing local restaurants, enjoying their culinary specialties and all this, at greatly reduced prices.

What could be better?!

Up first, Sweet Home Chicago, their restaurants week starts today and ends February 12, 2014.  Fourteen days of food fun, learn more here.

 

 

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