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Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

December 20, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urbanist Gift Ideas

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and now your kid can’t stop reading Richard Scarry books. Whether or not we realize it, children are fascinated by how a city works.[read more]

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence

December 19, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Playful Public Plaza in Providence

How Burnside Park was reinvented by a project that knitted together disconnected spaces to fill them with a diverse range of uses and activities, and a new identity for the entire district, begun by giving it a new name: Greater Kennedy Plaza.[read more]

GoPro City Tours

December 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

GoPro and Tourism

This past week was Toronto’s first real snowstorm of the season. It was awesome. I love snow. And part of the reason I love it, is because it means snowboarding season is here. Yes, the “mountains” in Ontario suck, but Quebec and Vermont aren’t too far away.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Lighting Lyon: How Innovative Partnerships are Transforming the City

December 17, 2014 by This Big City

Every year, around December 8th, the city of Lyon, France, transforms into a life-size art installation. This is the Festival of Lights, a world famous event showcasing in-situ art installations using light as a material and medium to transform buildings, streets and public spaces all over the city.[read more]

Cutting The Cord Without Blowing Up The Power Bill [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Saving Energy and Money at Home

I’ve been pushing the concept of “cutting the cord” at home: that is, getting rid of cable, and instead using an antenna and streaming device in conjunction with our wireless internet for our television entertainment. It would definitely save us money, but I hadn’t thought about what it might do to our electricity use.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco's Center for Redevelopment

December 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Pier Redevelopment

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city.[read more]

Be a Tourist in Your Mother City

December 14, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Design Tours

I had the pleasure of co-leading a series of design-orientated life skills tours with the crew from LiveDesignTours and a group of forty senior high school learners. It was a whirlwind four-day tour of hands-on community-orientated initiatives, curated by educator and design guru Sune Stassen.[read more]

Urban Life: Then Came December

December 14, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Cities and the Seasons

I am up and out this Sunday morning before the vendors at Eastern Market. Only the crepe and doughnut guys have began constructing their tents as I take a seat at the coffee shop and begin to write. The hollow hammering of tent poles is a sound I now associate with home, not camping.[read more]

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ontario Bikeshare

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare, or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map.[read more]