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Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Public Space in Motion, from Nice, France [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People in Motion

The motion of people in places like traditional public spaces in Nice, France is a fascinating subject of study. It involves everything from cafe culture, tram public transportation, buses, cars, pedestrians, to how the space acts as a place of public meeting and communication for the local population.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

September 17, 2014 by Jim Russell

Relation of Innovation and Migration

Place happens when people reside in a geographic space. People make places. On the other hand, do places make people? The bigger the city, the greater the innovation rate. Mathematics tells us that. The number crunching doesn’t explain why we observe a certain quality of place associated with innovative activities.[read more]

The Option of Sensing the City

September 15, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

An Urban Sense

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.[read more]

5 x 5: A Powerful Commentary on Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Gentrification in D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities just seriously upped their game with their latest city-wide temporary public art project called 5 x 5. Five curators brought 25 artists’ site-specific installations to all 8 wards. Each piece we toured highlights an aspect of the District’s changing identity.[read more]

Prototype a New Market Street

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Market Street Design

A new design competition will transform San Francisco’s Market Street into a “public platform” for three days in April 2015, showcasing ways to further improve this iconic civic space. According to the organizers, the Prototyping Festival will invite diverse designers to interact with the equally as diverse communities.[read more]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

How Smartwatches Will Augment Location

September 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Smart Clothing and Location

So the rumors were right. Apple released a watch. So what does this even mean? It means walking into a restaurant and having a tip pop up on your watch telling you what the best dish is. It’s driving down the street and having your watch notify you that there’s an open house 3 blocks away.[read more]

Mexico's Disabled Population Deserves Mobility and Accessibility

September 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico and Accessibility

Handicap spots and other reserved spaces are not a whim of those who design public transport, parking lots, and sidewalks, or of those who respect their status as “reserved.” These spots are logical measures that guarantee the mobility, accessibility and safety of that live permanently or temporarily with a disability.[read more]

'Pedestrianized' Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

September 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Pedestrianism in Montreal

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. The glory of this once widely recognized strip continues to fade however, as its prime location acts more like an transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.[read more]

How Bike Moves Can Go Beyond Just Being Subversive to Actually Being Useful

September 9, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking and Equality

This weekend I participated in my second bike move in Portland. It’s where friends come and load stuff up on their bikes and bike trailers, haul them to your new house, unload, and then have a party. Bike moves are really great because yes, they keep you from having to move by truck, which harms the environment.[read more]

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

September 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Street Life

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city.[read more]