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Politicians & Public Transport in India: The Need to Look Beyond Inaugurations & Celebrations

April 25, 2014 by Pratik Dave

India Politics and Transportation

India, celebrating 67 years of Independence and holding its 16th National Elections, is the largest democracy in the world. Lots of promises are made by all political parties and their representatives, who introduce themselves as the ‘common man’ or a ‘public servant,’ but are still politicians.[read more]

Ironic Demographics: The Higher Education Bubble

April 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

In case you haven’t heard, higher education is dying. Tuition is too damn high. Demographic decline is shrinking the pool of applicants. For example, in Poland, after growing rapidly for two decades, higher education enrollments peaked in 2009, and have declined since.[read more]

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

April 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fluff Festival

Placemaking also involves the planning, design, and programming of public spaces, and facilitates patterns of activities that define a place and gives it its unique identity. Placemaking is done on many scales, from everyday interactions of neighbors, to events like the Fluff Festival.[read more]

What Frank Lloyd Wright Houses Teach about Views, Siting, and Designing from the Inside Out

April 24, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Frank Lloyd Wright and Housing

“Frank Lloyd Wright went to great lengths to make sure his houses never faced north,” said Robert McCarter, a Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, at his lecture for the Gordon House Conservancy called The Evolution of the American House.[read more]

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]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

Berczy Park and the Importance of Public Art in Cities

April 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Public Art Importance

Earlier this week a friend of mine was live tweeting a public consultation meeting for the revitalization of Berczy Park in the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood of Toronto. And since I live in the neighborhood, it’s a project that I’ve been following particularly closely.[read more]

Romanticism of the Scanning Error

April 20, 2014 by Geoff Manaugh

Scanning and Art

Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, the London-based duo known as ScanLAB Projects, continue to push the envelope of laser-scanning technology, producing visually stunning and conceptually intricate work that falls somewhere between art and practical surveying.[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]

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]