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Expo's Gate is Full of Programs But Architecture Fails to Impress Milan

April 18, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Expo's Gate and Architecture

“Expo Gate: Milan’s Gateway to the Expo” is the slogan you can find on the Expo 2015 webpage describing the exhibition’s entryway. The structure is located in Via Beltrami, in the city center of Milan, in front of the Castello Sforzesco. It connects the castle, the center of the 1906 Universal Exhibition, and Via Dante.[read more]

Three Architectural Periods in Peru

April 18, 2015 by Canin Associates

Peru Architecture

Peru as a country boasts a mix of cultures, climates, and architecture. What makes it an incredible place to visit is that modern Peru seamlessly blends together its diverse history. Nonetheless, each culture and each historical period is still visible and alive throughout the country.[read more]

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]

Voices of the City: Bonnie Horbach

April 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Voices

Bonnie Horbach was appointed as the Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town on the first of July 2013. She studied History and Law at the University of Amsterdam and lived and worked in a lot of different countries: the US, Ghana, Mali and Belgium.[read more]

What Rio de Janeiro Looks like Through an 80 Megapixel Camera

April 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rio in Deep Detail

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of Rio de Janeiro that was shot with an 80 megapixel camera. It was done by LA-based photographer Joe Capra. As far as videos and photos go, it’s probably as close as you’re going to get to actually being there.[read more]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

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Are Communities Born or Can They Be Designed?

April 15, 2015 by Tyler Caine

The Origins of Community Development

There's a school of thought that believes the deft hands of designers and planners can toggle the many spatial levers they have at their disposal to create a sense of community in a public or private space. But how much power do they really have?[read more]

The Daily Life of Informal Settlements in a Series of Striking New Videos

Informal Settlement Life

As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that the rise of rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level, including what they see, feel, and do in their daily lives in the city.[read more]

In Praise of Things Public

April 13, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Public, and the Public Good

Things that are public are available to everyone. If they are truly public that is. This makes it a positive, valuable, powerful, democratic idea. Take for instance: public health, education and social services; Bristol’s excellent public parks and open spaces; public meetings; and public rights of way.[read more]

What are 'Garden Cities' Without a Garden Culture?

April 13, 2015 by Patrick Lydon
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Green Cities and Gardening

If urban sustainability issues are to become deeply entrenched in culture, it follows that successful urban nature design—indeed, successful sustainable cities in general—can only be achieved in concert with a deep and sustained cultural awareness of the importance of nature.[read more]