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Placemaking

Cultural Connections: Building the Placemaking Movement in Brazil

March 3, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Brazil Placemaking

Jeniffer and Paola are out to change the world, one public space at a time. After years in the advertising and marketing sectors working for multinational corporations, Jeniffer and Paola both (separately) realized that they could do more for their communities and the public spaces within them.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

Little Free Libraries and the Importance of the Unexpected

February 27, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Little Free Libraries

The little free library embodies everything that communities and cities need to create an active and unique neighborhood. It is the real and original sharing economy and they are the origins of tactical urbanism. It is for the community good and it asks for nothing in return.[read more]

Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

Managing Tables and Chairs in the Public Realm

February 26, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Tables, Chairs, and Public Spaces

Local coffee shops vying to be the neighborhood’s “third place” understand the importance of providing tables and chairs for their customers. They understand while some people may want to lounge in sofas that, per square foot, tables and chairs are a far more useful and appealing option to a wider array of customers.[read more]

Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex

February 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Food and Housing Redevelopment

The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.[read more]

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

February 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking Development

At the Urban Age Conference, head of UN-Habitat Joan Clos stressed the need for a new paradigm for shaping communities around the world. When asked if that meant that government(s) would need to change as well, Dr. Clos replied with a brief and direct “yes,”. Simply having a public space often isn’t enough.[read more]

The Future of Public Space Analytics

February 23, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Public Space Analysis Innovation

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. It attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How do we optimize the investments made in these spaces?[read more]

Why We Need to Think About Streets When We Design Parks

February 17, 2015 by Jake Tobin Garrett

Streets, Parks, and Design Integration

We should be thinking, especially in small parks, about how streets and sidewalks can complement the park, or how connections feed into the park. Too frequently we focus our attention solely inside the boundaries of the park and forget the network of sidewalks, streets, and laneways that surround it.[read more]

Shipping Containers Add Hip Sustainability To New Marriott Brand [PHOTOS]

February 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Shipping Containers and Placemaking

If you’ve ever seen stacks and stacks of shipping containers sitting at a port, words like “hip,” “edgy,” and “stylish” probably didn’t come to mind. But designers around the world have seen all sorts of cool possibilities in these basic structures. One of the latest comes from hotel chain Marriott.[read more]

Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

February 16, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Intentions and Conservation

Many of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular urban wetlands are the unintended consequences of industrial activities. Are there abandoned industrial sites in your city that present an opportunity to be turned into nature reserves to increase resilience, biodiversity and provide social amenities?[read more]

The Real Cost of Bad Eating

February 14, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Public Health

“Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much,” suggests best-selling author and science journalism professor Michael Pollan, whose books cover the rising food movement. It’s a great way to keep things simple in a world where we are bombarded with new ideas in nutritional science, and fad diets.[read more]