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In Photos: Take a Virtual Tour of Brazil's Painted Streets

Brazil and Street Art

Google Street View compiled an interactive series called “Brazil’s Painted Streets,” featuring decorated avenues from Brazilian cities. Fans adorn streets with decorations every four years. This year, they’ve reached new heights, with the eyes of the world squarely focused on Brazilian cities.[read more]

Melbourne: A Culturally Segregated Melting Pot?

Melbourne and Segregation

A recent conversation with an esteemed Australian gave me some perspective on the issue of segregation in multicultural communities. Melbourne is one such community. The country of Australia has a distinct history of immigration that makes up the thriving population today.[read more]


Urban Cycling as Seen Through Google Glass

March 3, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Google Glass and Cycling

Smart glasses like Google Glass are the latest gizmo available on the tech market: what if we combined the bicycle-specific sense of place and space with them? Here are five ways in which smart glasses could be used to advance bicycle urbanism.[read more]

Belfast Culture Night: A Benefit or a Burden?

January 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Belfast Culture Night

Every year since 2009, Belfast has hosted Culture Night. Inspired by the success of similar events in other capitals such as Dublin and Copenhagen, Belfast hosts Culture Night every September allowing organisations, groups or individuals to host any cultural event within the Cathedral Quarter.[read more]

'Where Ya Stay At?': How the Accretion of Cultures Becomes New Orleans' City Planners

September 4, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nola's Cultural City Planning

“Where ya stay at?” is a common question for natives of New Orleans. This can sometimes be a typical question in other American cities, but it is certainly phrased differently. However, New Orleans is not a very typical of an American city.[read more]

Global Views on Climate Change: Cross-Cultural Consesus

March 29, 2013 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

Signs of climate change appear to be recognized cross-culturally, irrespective of context and geographical location. 84% of respondents globally agreed that rain patterns have changed in the last 25 years.[read more]

Politics for Ecosystems and Biodiversity

February 23, 2013 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In Sweden, a commission has been appointed to suggest measures to make the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services known in Swedish society at all levels, national, regional and local.[read more]

Opera Flashmob? Arts Get Creative With Venues

September 29, 2011 by Next American City

Birmingham Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s The Wedding Credit: Pete AshtonThe move towards greater online consumption is forcing place-based merchants to reevaluate the effectiveness of their real estate. Retail is thriving where planners recognize and emphasize the importance of unique location-identity. The enticement of your...[read more]

If Cities Could Talk

September 6, 2011 by Yuri Artibise

An animated short film about what American cities would say to one another if they could talk. Public domain footage from The Internet Archive’s SIGGRAPH collection.  From BrainPickings: Last week, we explored the cerebral side of cities with 7 essential books on urbanism. Today, we turn to the lighter side with ...[read more]

Placemaking Via Mixtape: Music's Role In Community

June 29, 2011 by Polis Inclusive

Picking up on a theme from a previous post, there are multiple ways of engaging with the city for the audiophiles out there looking to capture literal and interpretive soundscapes. The Domus Mixtape series explores one such method — so far covering Mexico City, NYC (Harlem), Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Milan, and London. By curating...[read more]

Regenerating Cities by Converting Empty Buildings into Theatres

June 13, 2011 by This Big City

By Kate Carmichael – Resources Officer at The Theatres Trust, a National Advisory Public Body established to promote the better protection of theatres. Across Britain disused warehouses, industrial buildings, pools, churches, town halls and cinemas have been converted into theatres. This year at our annual conference on the 14 June...[read more]

Urbanism and the Graphic Novel: Frans Masereel’s Die Stadt (The City)

January 2, 2011 by Polis Inclusive

“This is the city and I am one of the citizens, whatever interests the rest interests me.” With a quote by Walt Whitman, Belgian graphic artist Frans Masereel unveils “The City: A vision in woodcuts.” Masereel, who became known for his pacifist anarchism, achieved with this 1925 woodcut series an uncanny precursor to the modern graphic...[read more]