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Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.
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and this is how this story begins......"Since moving back to the D.C. area just over two years ago, I still catch myself feeling surprised by how fast this city is changing right now."

By Mark Byrnes @markbyrnes525 for CityLab

images of the old and the new DC

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In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition

In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

8 ft corten steel bull from Peter Walker https://twitter.com/pwalkersculptor

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The show brings the Gardens alive during the summer months and encourages a wide range of visitors to come into the University and the City.

A total of 45 sculptures by 33 carefully selected, internationally-acclaimed artists


"We've chosen grand, monumental sculptures that will take people to an unreal place; a place where they can dream," says Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, who is co-curating the show with John Sydney Carter. "A public exhibition shouldn't be self-indulgent, it should be an effort to enrich people's lives. Sculpture has a way of energising people - and I want to bring that to Leicester."

 

There are works by a wide range of international artists.

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Zaha Hadid: Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Zaha Hadid: Jockey Club Innovation Tower | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Program: School of Design and Design Institute for Social Innovation
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects

 

About: Initiated by PolyU and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) convenes university expertise, curates trans-disciplinary projects, and constructs partnerships for social well-being and positive systemic change. The institute’s new home will be the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, where designers, civic leaders, intellectuals, professionals, and fellow citizens will engage in dialogues pertaining to Hong Kong’s future. Asia’s first design institute dedicated to social innovation will focus on articulating creative and alternative solutions to the complex challenges in the fields of urban sustainability, ageing population, family and youth, and enabling technology for disabled.

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Success Stories | Green Cities Campaign

Success Stories | Green Cities Campaign | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Learn about the success of cities worldwide as they work to make their communities more sustainable and work towards a cleaner, healthier environment.
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Great stories of cities greening up, from Burma to Ohio and beyond.

 

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Kansas Gets First Community Solar Project

Cooperative utilities are on the forefront of the solar revolution in the United States....

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What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis - 83degreesmedia

What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis - 83degreesmedia | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
83degreesmedia What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis 83degreesmedia The idea that other smart cities have something to learn from Memphis is a new one, a radical one, yet it's completely plausible given the recent addition of 60 miles of bike...
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By Richard J. Alley | Tuesday, April 01, 2014

deas: As counterintuitive as it may seem, long-range planning may not always be in a city's best interests. Thinking small in the beginning, starting off manageably with pop-up shops and temporary green spaces or street festivals, solidifies a neighborhood's vested interest in its area of town.

 

The idea that other smart cities have something to learn from Memphis is a new one, a radical one, yet it's completely plausible given the recent addition of 60 miles of bike lanes, a $350,000 ArtPlace grant to build the Broad Avenue Arts District, the recent influx of small businesses to Overton Square and redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building.

 

A great post with many suggestions and concrete ideas that are working.

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Is The Keith Haring Foundation Banning Real Art?

Is The Keith Haring Foundation Banning Real Art? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Art collectors are suing Keith Haring's foundation in New York, saying it has cost them at least $40 million by refusing to authenticate about 90 works by the late artist.

The federal lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan....
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In the 1980's Keith Haring began giving his love to New York City in the underground subway stations in the form of

graffiti a la Keith," I found a way of participating with graffiti artists without really copying them, because I didn’t want to draw on the trains." He used the empty black paper panels which were used to cover up old advertisements against the platform walls.


Keith was invited to exhibit in Europe - in Holland, Italy, Belgium, and England as well as in Japan. Everywhere, people responded to a style that combined the simple with the complex, that blended color and pattern to form dynamic images of great variety and originality. And it was a style that mysteriously suggested the artistic traditions of Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas. There were also powerful images of social consciousness, for Keith looked at the world, and at the struggles of the oppressed, and through his art made his feelings known. Over the course of his career he called attention to causes by creating works to promote literacy, support UNICEF, work against apartheid in South Africa, and fight drug use. Because Keith was gay, he made a special effort to spread awareness of AIDS, making works of art that warned young people against unsafe sex.


To learn more about this remarkable artist, and human being:http://www.haringkids.com/keith/life/


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Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks in New York

Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks in New York | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks on how architecture and design is changing New York City.
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Great video and interesting read..."NEW YORKERS ALL OF A SUDDEN
ARE INTERESTED IN QUALITY OF LIFE"

New York designer Stephen Burks tells us how his once rough-edged city is being tamed by world-class architecture, urban design improvements like the High Line and a European-style bike-sharing scheme in the first of our reports from the Big Apple.

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First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building | The Chicago Architecture Blog

First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building | The Chicago Architecture Blog | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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One of Chicagoland’s most prominent retailers has cleaned up one of Chicago’s grossest corners.

Question:

What’s driving the decision for some retail corporations to reappropriate old spaces in urban areas? http://bit.ly/1dg9RbQ Curious Cities

.....as part of a course called “Buildings as Evidence” — we learn how a corporation’s deep pockets can help sell us our own city’s history as well a Cubs T-shirt in the check-out line.

 

Small is the new big 

 

City dwellers are more of the grab and go kind of shoppers, purchasing smaller amounts more often then suburbanites.

Target, Wallgreens, Walmart....corporations across the country are moving into urban, historic and architecturally important buildings. Oak Park’s success proved there was money to be made in adaptive reuse. Last year, Target debuted its Chicago CityTarget store in the century-old Louis Sullivan building on State Street, while Wal-Mart opened an “express” branch in an old Pearl art supplies store off the Chicago Avenue Brown Line stop. Walgreens, too, opened an urban store in the landmark Noel State Bank building.

 

 

 

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The Albright Reporter: Reinventing a Town

The Albright Reporter: Reinventing a Town | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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Love this story and the mayor....not what we are used to seeing in political figures, very refreshing.

Mayor John Fetterman

Fetterman is an outlier in an outlying town. He is a white man with an Ivy League degree and some family money who spent his twenties in existential wanderings—following interests in social work, business, and public policy. But about seven years ago (more) he chose to put down adult roots in this bombed-out historic town on the Monongahela River, eight miles from Pittsburgh. Home to Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill, in 1875, and first free library, Braddock has lost 90 percent of its population since World War II—and many of its grand old buildings to lack of maintenance and landlord absenteeism.

 

“Making significant improvements in and beating back what many would say is the inevitable decline and implosion of a post-industrial community—isn’t this why you go to a public-policy school?” he asks. “Don’t people in these jurisdictions deserve to live in an improving set of circumstances? It’s never going to be equal, but that doesn’t mean that people can’t be safe, have opportunities for their children—and not have to watch 90 percent of their town get carted off to the landfill.”

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Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

'Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world's population today but are set to host three quarters in 2050.

To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.'


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:37 AM

I think local focus and efforts will indeed be where sustainability will come from in the long run.

luiy's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:46 PM
Empowering people in smart cities

In the same way that the IT revolution has been driven by consumer needs, so too will the energy revolution. As blogs, social networks and video platforms have enabled people to produce information and customise their content, new technologies will make possible energy self-production and customisation of energy usages and consumption.

 

Smart cities will also enable the use of open data which will create new urban services such as better transport connections, accident risk warnings and home monitoring for part-time and full-time carers. Local councils will have greater responsibility for ensuring the collection and the public availability of this data.

 

Furthermore, by leveraging this data, businesses will be able to offer personalised services for users, for example smart meter data could permit utilities to offer new tariffs, such as time-of use pricing which will encourage end-users to use energy in off-peak times when it is cheaper.

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Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014

Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014 | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

http://www.toms.com/collections/haiti-artist-collective/l Louis Murat, 26

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi


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From www.caribjournal.com - Today, 5:31 PM

http://www.toms.com/collections/haiti-artist-collective/l Louis Murat, 26

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi


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Louis Murat, 26..."In the future, I'd love to be able to teach children to paint so they can help their own families. With this project, I can start building my family's house."

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notliebags's comment, September 27, 2013 12:15 PM
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This is a great step in the right direction: a company can only be truly sustainable by creating work, not just giving away a pair of shoes in an effort attract American teens to cause-related marketing. Tom's success has allowed it to move to a full loop, giving real skills to those in need. Kudos to Toms for closing the loop! "Feel good" moves to the real do-good!

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Can Smarter Cities improve our Quality of Life by Rick Robinson ...

Can Smarter Cities improve our Quality of Life by Rick Robinson ... | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Can information and technology improve the quality of life in cities? That seems a pretty fundamental question for the Smarter Cities movement to address. There is little point in us expending time and money on the application ...
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This article is a detailed analysis, eventually concluding with a nod to the affirmative.

 

"I’ve written before about the importance of telling stories that illustrate ways in which technology and information can change lives and communities for the better. The Community Lovers’ Guide to Birmingham is a great example of doing this. As cities such as Birmingham, Dublin and Chicago demonstrate what can be achieved by following a Smarter City agenda, I’m hoping that those involved can tell stories that will help other cities across the world to pursue these ideas themselves." Rick Robinson

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St. Louis: Regenerating America’s legacy cities : Stltoday

St. Louis: Regenerating America’s legacy cities : Stltoday | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Rebuild the city step by step instead of chasing the big win.
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The gist.....Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities,” an analysis of 18 of these struggling cities published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Legacy cities that take stock of their assets, and put together collaborations and partnerships, engage in what we call “strategic incrementalism.” It’s a different kind of mindset that doesn’t chase the big win — that rebuilds the city step by step, the equivalent of playing small ball, getting your players on and bringing them home, rather than always aiming for the fences......

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Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design

Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones Hale County, Alabama is a place full of architects, and often high profile ones. The likes of Todd Williams

Via Alice Krueser-Lowe
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“engagement with real, local conditions is crucial for architecture’s global relevancy.”

 

Giving some love, sweat, tools and education to the countryside...small towns....

 

Great program...

 

 

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The Line Hotel L.A. : A Raw Gem Shining Through The Neon Lights of Koreatown | Yatzer

The Line Hotel L.A. : A Raw Gem Shining Through The Neon Lights of Koreatown | Yatzer | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

at Conceived as a starting point for urban explorers and comfort zone for stressed out city dwellers, The Line Hotel, a full on luxury boutique hotel by the Sydell Group, opened in January 2014 inside a former mid-century hotel on the same site.

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#bucketlist The Line Hotel is on ours!
"Displaying full sensitivity to its exciting location, designer Sean Knibb has achieved much much more than merely refurbishing and restyling this former middle range hotel dating from the 60s.

The undervalued and its place in an urban environment is a central tenet throughout the hotel’s public spaces and 388 rooms. Based on unpretentious everyday materials such as canvas, raw concrete and wood, the quotidian is cleverly raised to a new level where everyday objects are given a new level of attention whilst the surrounding neighbourhood is paid due homage to through ethnic references. Design - highlights feature repurposed items from 99 cent shops, transformed into design objects seen for example in the chandelier made of plastic balls and the classic design chairs upholstered with colourful Mexican blankets."

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This City Aims To Be Car-Free In 20 Years | Spirit Science and ...

This City Aims To Be Car-Free In 20 Years | Spirit Science and ... | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
In order create what will someday be a large green network, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes; this is expected to smooth inner city traffic flow.
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Locations all around the world are submitting to greener design and methods of living that will support future generations to come. Hamburg is just one of many examples that will likely influence a change in the current system. -

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La ciudad de Hamburgo (Alemania) se ha propuesto eliminar los automóviles de su centro urbano en el plazo de 20 años


Se trata sin duda de un ambicioso plan para una ciudad con un área metropolitana en la que conviven 5 millones de personas (datos de 2012). Este proyecto, denominado "Green Network", que se enmarca dentro de una estrategia orientada a paliar los efectos del cambio climático, tiene como principales ejes vertebradores una red de caminos verdes de carácter peatonal y ciclable que unirán los extrarradios con el centro urbano. Esta red estará complementada por un sistema de transporte público que tendrá por sello su eficiencia. 


En este sentido, Hamburgo cuenta con ciertas ventajas. Aproximadamente el 8% del área metropolitana es reserva natural, ya que el curso del río Elba ha creado una notable diversidad de hábitats que propician esta protección. Además, el 40% de su extensión está cubierta por zonas verdes que, con la ejecución de este plan, se verán ampliadas. 


¿Utopía? El crecimiento urbanístico experimentado por nuestras ciudades ha hecho del automóvil particular una necesidad. Pero el problema es de conciencia. Nos hemos acostumbrado a querer llegar hasta el kilómetro cero sentados al volante, a pesar del tiempo y el dinero que se consume en esta tarea a veces titánica. Por tanto, para llevar a cabo un proyecto como el que se está ideando en Hamburgo es vital un proceso de reeducación tendente a crear un nuevo modelo de ciudad, pero el mismo debe gestarse desde la propia persona consciente de la huella que produce y no desde la prohibición. Y no todo el mundo estará dispuesto a someterse y a colaborar.


Quizás, por tanto, sean más factibles otras alternativas como las que propone Harald N. Rostvik, que aboga por que sean los coches eléctricos de pequeño tamaño los que reinen en la ciudad en un sistema de car-sharing. 


Información adicional

 

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'Smarter' Cities in North Africa

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works....
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Morocco will host the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit and serving as a hub for other conferences, like the first International Summit on Smart Cities in North Africa this coming June around Casablanca, Morocco's most populous city.

 

1.Small cities are the best candidates for becoming "smart cities."

2.Geography helps the easier transition to solar panels in North African cities .

3.Creating recycling centers and the like.

4.ICT Hubs  = Information and Communication Technology

 

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Sea Change: Brooklyn's Dlandstudio

Sea Change: Brooklyn's Dlandstudio | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Susannah Drake of Dlandstudio is reviving contaminated landscapes with her politically savvy practice.

Image creating wetlands that act like sponges...filtration

Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, which provides a system of open space designed to absorb and remediate stormwater. Here, wetlands act like sponges, with plants and engineered soils leaching heavy metals and toxins out of contaminated water.

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Susannah C. Drake AIA...“I wanted to make a lot of changes to the standard way of operating within the urban world.”

 

“When I first got out of Harvard I had three Ivy League degrees and I couldn’t get a job,”

 

the firm’s vision for the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, which provides a system of open space designed to absorb and remediate stormwater. Here, wetlands act like sponges, with plants and engineered soils leaching heavy metals and toxins out of contaminated water. But the plan is more than just environmental. It integrates hydrology, ecology, land use, and cultural preservation. Sponge Park includes community amenities, like a green walking path and the Pilot Street-End Sponge Park that leads to the canal off 2nd Street. The street-end park will create a much-needed public space while using things like bioswales to mitigate polluted runoff.

 

These are excerpts, but the whole post is important and interesting,

the topic impacts all cities to varying degrees.

 

 

 

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Engineering An End To Food Waste With Smarter Logistics For Our Leftovers

Engineering An End To Food Waste With Smarter Logistics For Our Leftovers | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
This startup is working out the most efficient way possible to pickup leftover food from restaurants and deliver it to charities in need. It's like...
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I am sold...great, innovation!

"This startup is working out the most efficient way possible to pickup leftover food from restaurants and deliver it to charities in need. It's like Fresh Direct for unused food.

Every year, tens of billions of pounds of perfectly edible food are thrown out by restaurants, groceries, catering companies, and delis.

 

All of the details have not been worked out but,the  two computer science Ph.D.s--Rajesh Karmani and Caleb Phillips- are talented, dedicated and highly driven.

 

Want to help? Contact  Zero Percent  http://www.zeropercent.us/

 

 

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Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block

Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Steven Holl Architects collaborated with Spirit of Space to create two short films that capture the essence of Chengdu’s newest sustainable
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Steven Holl Architects collaborated with Spirit of Space to create two short films that capture the essence of Chengdu’s newest sustainable micro-city: Sliced Porosity Block. Shaped by the distribution of natural light, this multi-use complex of five sun-carved concrete towers defines itself by the formation of three large public valleys that, not only supports a hybrid of different functions, but anchors the building into the surrounding urban fabric..

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Urban Farming: an Architect’s Answer to “Green”? – Studio MM Architects –

Urban Farming: an Architect’s Answer to “Green”? – Studio MM Architects – | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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If you are skeptical or just plain interested in urban farming this video about  Gotham Greens from Dark Rye is a must see: https://vimeo.com/62903716

 

In the post by Marica McKool AIA she describes this growing trend...

"Naively ambitious, maybe. But as a twitter-mate noted, “creating food AND jobs and making productive use of vacant land and changing the urban landscape in a huge way!” is in my opinion extremely exciting and worth every effort of that ambition!

To present the concept of Urban Farming, I’ve collected images of existing urban farms that are already “digging into” (on/over/through) the built environment – doing amazing things for food, people, cities, communities, and sustainability –  as well as conceptual urban farming architecture – projects which begin to rethink the word “farm,” especially in the urban environment, and offer a very bold response to the question, “What is Green Architecture?”

 

This topic really interests us, and we would appreciate your feedback.

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A Documentary about the Place of Graffiti in Our Large Cities: by marcelo mesquita and guilherme valiengo, bamboo

A Documentary about the Place of Graffiti in Our Large Cities: by marcelo mesquita and guilherme valiengo, bamboo | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Arquitetura, decoração, design, artes e lifestyle. Estes são os assuntos que inspiram a bamboo.
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If I had to make a choice pro or can for graffiti, I would have to go with pro. Street art has become so sophisticated today and in its best application a positive for an urban landscape. In its lowest form a defacing of property. Personally I see the overall positive use today outweighing the negative.

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Transforming Milwaukee's Vacant Lots Into A New Agricultural Economy

Transforming Milwaukee's Vacant Lots Into A New Agricultural Economy | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Can one of America's poorest cities pull off a resurgence through urban agriculture and local food?

 

image:http://www.careeroverview.com/usa/wisconsin/milwaukee/

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"We're trying to do a paradigm shift with how cities deal with their real estate." If you follow this topic you know we have a soft spot in our hearts for Detroit. I will now officially extend that to the Midwest. We are at our Iowa City office this month and as always we are impressed with the overall wonderful attitudes of midwesterners. This story about Milwaukee is an inspiration for any of the many cities struggling through these difficult economic times.

 

Tim McCollow head of the Home Gr/own initiative,:

foreclosed homes are now being repurposed for local food production, processing, and distribution, rather than mothballed and sold during the next boom. "We want to put local food economy on steroids and connect all the dots,"

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Starchitect museums drive tourism, boost economy of neighborhoods and cities...

Starchitect museums drive tourism, boost economy of neighborhoods and cities... | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Modern architecture triumphs when beautifully-designed public museums drive the economy of neighborhoods and cities.
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Frank Gehry started an economically beneficial trend when he designed a modern museum for a depressed neighborhood in Bilbao, Spain.

Museums are built to house cultural objects: art and artifacts. But today, the design of the building which houses these items has become an essential component of the museum experience. Modern architects are transforming the perception of recently-built museums into high-tech, sculptural structures, drawing attention to building, site and neighborhood. Read the rest of the story.....

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Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique

Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A salute to those special places—some humble, some utterly utilitarian—that give a city its unique personality and collective soul.

 

The six places and objects shown at the link are urban amenities of a particular kind, but really they’re much more than that. These are the distinct features in the landscape that give a city its unique character. Every city has them. They can be supremely useful (the parkettes in Toronto, Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, D.C.’s fabulous subway stations) or gloriously idiosyncratic (the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh’s charming Inclines, the incongruous gas lamps of sunny San Diego).

All of them, however, play a beloved civic role that transcends their mere function, lending a kind of quiet poetry to daily life, grace notes to the grind. Six writers and designers, one from each city, reflect on these special characters in the urban landscape...


Via Lauren Moss
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This thought from the article sums it up for me...."believe that we can be great and that change is possible and that we can achieve it."

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