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Placemaking

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]

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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]

Dakar: A City Full of Color

April 16, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Dakar Street Art

Here in Dakar, it seems that the entire urban landscape is full of color: The walls, the sidewalks, the transport, houses and buildings, as well as the bright clothes of urban dwellers themselves. For example, the bright contrast between the light brown sands of this Sahelian city and the azure sky.[read more]

Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

April 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rio Street Art

Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

Tempe Community Market is Becoming a New Community Hub while Providing Fresh, Local Food

April 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Tempe Community Market

The Tempe Community Market is a brand new farmer’s market in the Valley that opened on March 2. It is the brain child of the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), a local social services agency that provides emergency short term assistance with things like food, rent and utilities.[read more]

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The Benefits of Placemaking Go Beyond Urban Beautification

April 13, 2014 by Michael Edwards
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Cardiff Bay, Wales - a great example of placemaking.

Every city has something unique to offer. Whether it’s exceptional food, historic sites, or exciting nightlife, there’s something distinctive that draws in tourists, attracts businesses, and makes current residents want to stay. But all that potential can go to waste if it isn’t recognized and supported.[read more]

Shanghai Tower Raises Questions on the Future of Walkability

Shanghai Walkability

Shanghai Tower, designed by the transnational architecture design tycoon Gensler, will quite soon become the third tallest building in the world, likely this year. Once complete, it will proudly join Shanghai’s already very famous and highly crowded skyline[read more]

A Citizen-Driven Urban Sustainability Prize for Colombia

April 11, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Premio Sostenabilidad Urbana 2014

What if civil society organisations awarded city administrations for their efforts to creating a sustainable urban future? The goal of the Urban Sustainability Prize is to generate incentives for hundreds of municipalities across Colombia to collect indicators on sustainability and to share them with other city administrations.[read more]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

City of Denver Advances Local Food Policy With Public-Private Partnerships

Denver and Food Security

Where does your food come from? Residents of Denver may have scratched their heads over it, because most of the city’s food was sourced from elsewhere. Recently, however, stakeholders in the private and public sectors collaborated to help food growers prosper within the Denver metropolitan area.[read more]

Wild Urbanism: Zaryadye Park Will Bring Nature to Moscow

April 10, 2014 by Ash Blankenship

Zaryadye Park in Moscow

Dubbed the “Central Park” of Russia’s capital, Zaryadye Park will be the first park developed in Moscow in half a century. The park, designed by Diller, Scofidio+Renfro, will be based on a concept of wild urbanism, in which people and plants co-exist.[read more]