As demand for public space increases and supply decreases, cities should not sacrifice public space for over-sized roads.
street art + public piazza = placemaking
Thoughts on the city - as it was, is, and will be.
Cities vary in size and density, thus homes found within differ as well. Here is a small portfolio of housing types found in both Brooklyn and Belize.
A photographic look at the varied uses of shared space in the public realm in Brooklyn and Belize
What provides the invitation to stroll or linger on a city street?
Galleries and event spaces open their doors, feeding the curiosity of city residents to that which has been previously labored and prepared behind closed doors.
- The Soho Effect
The re-branding neighborhoods is a worldwide trend, what does this say about communities?
An interview with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Co-Founder of Buscada and leader of their latest project Intersection | Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Emerging City travels to Belize and discovers the first ever community garden in the country.
In Pacific Park Brooklyn, a new neighborhood with many pending mix-use buildings underway, 10 Murals went up in 1 day; setting up artistic eye candy to camouflage a huge construction eyesore.
Along the Highline, residents and tourist enjoy a chance to build with Legos next to those who are actually building New York City.
The best way to experience a city is with all our senses.
Though physically separated by the San Francisco Bay, Oakland and San Francisco are inextricably linked through their economies, housing markets and the hundreds of thousands of people who cross the bay each day. Come hear both cities’ planning directors in a conversation on some of the topics that link (or divide) them. - Live Event and Webinar
The Artist JR describes this work " We pasted Elmar, 20 years old who came from Azerbaijan, on the floor of Flat Iron Plaza in New York City. The image was 150 feet high. People walked on him all day and no one really noticed him… Today he is on the cover of the NYtimes magazine… while everyone else is in the shadow."
Reclaiming abandoned homes that leave behind empty lots, for the creation of fresh veggies and fruits is a growing trend in urban centers nationwide.
This small and modest tree stands as a huge and enduring testament to the vitality of community life, the desire we all have to connect and to the fun and creativity a city can experience in free yet priceless ways.
The Brooklyn Museum will exhibit the artist's notebooks, featuring 160 pages of rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.
Making our cities greener, one Living Roof at a time - Grazie Renzo Piano!
Look at Havana again, perhaps we can learn something from a city that is not yet car-centric but instead stands as a champion of pedestrians and life unfolding outdoors.
Rome, how much do we love thee? Let us count the ways. |
Roma, come possiamo contare tutti modi in cui ti amiamo?
Happy Women’s Day to all past, present and future women urban planners, designers and thinkers.
Fifty placemaking concepts will be exhibited and brought to life at the Market Street Prototype Festival, a public platform of the most exceptional ideas for improving San Francisco’s main thoroughfare.
Art on Paper features paper-driven sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and photography presented by fifty-five galleries from around the world.
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
How can we better understand whether street design relates to how democratic a place is, in terms of how actively citizens participate in civic life?
Restaurant Week continues. Support your local businesses and enjoy great meals all, at discount prices. Win/win/win!
"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."
Chicago Restaurant week begins today. Support your local community and enjoy good eats, perfetto.
Quick Question is a monthly column about life where you live. This month features, John Swiecki a Community Development Director.
Outdoor advertising is prevalent in every major city. These billboards take large sums to construct and maintain. Project Gregory has taken an existing resource and given it an additional use - temporary housing.
Until now, urban economists have studied the economic realities within cities, but this new research (Princeton University and Martin Prosperity Institute) takes a more detailed look inside neighborhoods.
Ron Finley shares “Food is the problem, food is the solution”
“To give urban planning an effective meaning it takes first a great patience and then a certain amount of stubbornness: if the architect can create, or pretend to do so, the planner must instead necessarily clash with a reality much more complex and difficult…” Arch. Prof. Paolo Avarello
The 100 Resilient Cities organization has compiled a list of 5 Ideas for Cities in 2015, ideas to help cities shape a brighter future— they are calling it Resilience Resolutions for the year ahead.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oakland Launch Party
Bruce Beasley Sculpture Studio
323 Lewis Street, Oakland
Join the official Oakland launch party, featuring food, fun and fellow urbanists.
SPUR will provide a place where the different voices in Oakland can come together to craft a shared vision for the future.
Read about Oakland SPUR
Further event details here
Hyde Park was and still is a champion of integration and harmony, of people from various income and education levels, all living together in one area, in a city that is famous for its segregation.
When local farmers and food-makers wed via the internet, you get a culinary love affair. And with Good Eggs as the officiant, amazing local, fresh foods can be delivered to your door, any day of the week.
This year’s Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features a host of events celebrating Dr. King’s vision.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January, 2015. Each year, people come together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.