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Homeless City Guide

Homeless City Guide | Civic design | Scoop.it

To deliver vital information more effectively to the urban homeless— a decentralized population with little access to mobile technology—designers Emily Read and Chen Hsu revived the centuries-old language of the hobo code. The homeless can use this series of simple symbols to communicate with each other about safety, shelter, and free food by inscribing them with chalk on sidewalks, buildings, and other surfaces. The code, reproduced in each issue ofthe Pavement, a London-based magazine for the homeless, forms a common language that is both inconspicuous and highly directed. Read calls the language “a means of exposing the hidden potentials of the city and making these more accessible to the homeless” and “a new, informal avenue of communication,” one that also makes reference to the very roots of language and civilization.

 

Source initiale : [pop-up] urbain, Philippe Gargov.

http://www.pop-up-urbain.com/folksotopies-des-craies-pour-decrire-la-ville/#more-2676

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Street Vendor Guide

Street Vendor Guide | Civic design | Scoop.it

There are more than 10,000 street vendors in NYC, but selling things from a table or cart isn’t as simple as it seems. Vendors are fined $1000 for small violations, like parking their cart more than 18″ from the curb, and many vendors don’t know their rights when approached by police. The rulebook is intimidating and hard to understand by anyone, let alone someone whose first language isn’t English. As part of CUP’s Making Policy Public series, Candy collaborated with Rosten Woo and John Mangin of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Sean Basinski of The Street Vendor Project, and street vendors around NYC to develop this guide so vendors can understand their rights, avoid fines, and earn an honest living.

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