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Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

The Bike-Share Report: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

Bike Sharing and Best Practices

How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Water Continues to Define Washington, D.C.

April 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

DC Waterfront and Borders

Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the cities that dot the Earth.[read more]

New York Waterfront Gets Ready for the Future

April 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town

NYC Waterfront Development

On April 3, 2014, BIG, along with nine other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design.[read more]

City Growth Outpaces that of Suburbs: New Data

April 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Cities and Suburbs and Growth

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when large numbers of city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up much of the countryside.[read more]

Two Projects to Celebrate 1000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

April 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Celebrating Cathedrals

A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to the interior of the building upon the wishes of the diocese.[read more]

DIY Tree Art

April 19, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Tree Art

For ages, trees have been a favorite subject of landscape painters. Their material has long provided substance for sculptors and crafters. Now, some contemporary artists are rediscovering the artistic effects that can be achieved with the humble tree. And these artists aren’t damaging the trees.[read more]

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work [VIDEO]

April 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Public Spaces

More than eight million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes this at all possible? In part, it is the city’s many great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.[read more]

Smart Cars Reach Tipping Point

Smart Cars' Literal Tipping Point

No, not that kind of tipping point. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to eight “hooded vandals” have been roaming the streets of San Francisco and turning the lightweight, compact cars and turning them on their sides, to the chagrin of their owners.[read more]

Repurposing the Public Toilets of Dublin, Ireland

April 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin Public Toilets

Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former “public conveniences” or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units were once an essential part of everyday life for many Dubliners.[read more]

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]