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Urban Walkability Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Walkability Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.
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Walkable cities and walking as an appropriation of urban space for daily life; lessons to learn from European cities

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Project for Public Spaces | 8 Lessons to Promote Diversity in Public Places

Project for Public Spaces | 8 Lessons to Promote Diversity in Public Places | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
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Placemaking in a Pluralistic World: Using Public Spaces to Encourage and Celebrate Social Diversity

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What Makes a Great Public Destination?

What Makes a Great Public Destination? | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster wrote about the necessary ingredients for a city trying o develop a successful start-up community. His advice seemed applicable to any community that’s trying to create a strong local sense of place, so we’ve retrofitted his recommendations to speak broadly to people who are working to transform their public spaces into magnetic destinations that are reflective of the diverse communities that surround them.


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To Make a Great Third Place, Get Out of the Way | Sustainable Cities Collective

To Make a Great Third Place, Get Out of the Way | Sustainable Cities Collective | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
For anyone working to create a great “third place” in their neighborhood, it is critical to remember that there will never be a time when the work is done. Real-world communities are incredibly dynamic, ever-changing things.
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Why Open City Data is the Brownfield Regeneration Challenge of the Information Age | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why Open City Data is the Brownfield Regeneration Challenge of the Information Age | Sustainable Cities Collective | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
(Graphic of New York’s ethnic diversity from Eric Fischer)I often use this blog to explore ways in which technology can add value to city systems.
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The Global Cities That Offer the Most Opportunity

The Global Cities That Offer the Most Opportunity | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
A new report ranks the world's leading cities for economic, technological, and social opportunity.
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Integrating Transportation and Culture in Nice | Sustainable Cities Collective

Integrating Transportation and Culture in Nice | Sustainable Cities Collective | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
I was recently lucky enough to spend some time in Nice, on the Cote D'Azur in the South of France, and was blown away by the way in which this punchy medium-sized city had come on in leaps and bounds in terms of improving its urban realm.  I was last...
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Megacities: Getting Creative with Urban Megadata | This Big City

Megacities: Getting Creative with Urban Megadata | This Big City | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
The promise is great. If we can interpret and apply the information our cities are generating in an intelligent way, we could solve many issues – such as how to cut waste in our food supply chains, make it easy to move around our megacities, or...
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Regeneration: the holes in Britain's cities need imagination to fill them

Regeneration: the holes in Britain's cities need imagination to fill them | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
Owen Hatherley: Urban Britain is full of empty spaces.
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The Liverpool locals who took control of their long-neglected streets

The Liverpool locals who took control of their long-neglected streets | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
Granby Four Streets in Toxteth is a rare success after New Labour initiatives drained the area of life
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Interesting read on Granby Four Streets in Liverpool, which is drained out of life after the 1981 race riots and a series of failed regeneration plans. The article, by providing a brief explanation on the complicated social, economic, political and physical conditions of the area, elaborates on the series of actions taken by the local in order to improve the area and its image by the means of local small initiatives.

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What Makes a Sustainable Community? | This Big City

What Makes a Sustainable Community? | This Big City | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
We spend a lot of time talking about sustainability, despite there being no agreed definition on what it actually is. So what exactly makes a sustainable community, and how can urban bicycle networks contribute in their development?
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Urban Designer Series: Jane Jacobs. | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Designer Series: Jane Jacobs. | Sustainable Cities Collective | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
In the first post of the Urban Designer Series I wrote about Robert Moses, the man whose urban planning philosophy was the precipice for the modern-day urban design profession.
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The Question All Creative Placemakers Should Ask – Next City

The Question All Creative Placemakers Should Ask – Next City | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
Arts and culture have a one-of-a-kind way of helping to shape and revitalize neighborhoods. But the process can have several drawbacks, including displacement. That’s why those involved with creative placemaking should always ask themselves a vital question: Who benefits?
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Have Local Creative Businesses in London Benefited from the Olympics? | This Big City

Have Local Creative Businesses in London Benefited from the Olympics? | This Big City | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
This Big City recently got the opportunity to discuss whether local creative businesses have benefited from the build-up to the Olympics with David Tootill - director of a community art studio in London.
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Live Moss Street Poetry by Anna Garforth

Live Moss Street Poetry by Anna Garforth | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it
Anna Garforth makes inspiring street art with moss in London...

 

♣ Moss graffiti and guerilla gardening are no doubt all the rage for colonizing and beautifying neglected patches of the hood.

 

♣ Mosstika has reclaimed abandoned urban lots and transit stations and now Anna Garforth has a strategy for open air moss-typography that is literally a ‘mossenger’ for her poetically green ideas.

 

♣ It’s a synthesis that has resonance beyond street-based practice, as Garforth uses live moss textto spell out her environmental concerns with the hopes of providing a voice for the overlooked and ignored.

 

♣ Civilization’s cries mixed with nature’s persistence are definitely a compelling way to talk about the fragile state of what moves us.

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7 Things I Wish Every City Would Do to Make Urban Living Even Greener ☺

7 Things I Wish Every City Would Do to Make Urban Living Even Greener ☺ | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it

Though it sometimes might not seem so, living in cities is a pretty green thing to do.

Two prime reasons being that average home sizes are smaller and transportation distances are generally shorter, both leading to lower levels of resource consumption and energy usage.

 

But that doesn't mean that every city is a green oasis. Lots could use some sprucing up, even if all the basic amenities are taken care of.

 

Here are some of the top programs:

☺ Make More Pedestrian-Friendly Areas ☚

☺ Make Entire Zones Car-Free ☚

☺ More Light Rail & Trolleys, Plus More Varied ☚

☺ Transport Options ☚

☺ Community Solar Power ☚

☺ Curbside Pickup for Compost ☚

☺ Good Covered Farmers Markets ☚

☺ Great Community Gardens & Green Spaces ☚

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it

Stephen Covey's 7 steps to greatness translated to 7 habits for cities to be effective. Possibly the first self help blog for cities! The focus of this blog is sustainability, but I think it is applicable to general good governance of urban communities.
Would be nice to develop this framework into a benchmark set to review city governments.


Via Toni Sánchez, association concert urbain, Lauren Moss
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Creative Urban Regeneration!

Creative Urban Regeneration! | Creative Place Making | Scoop.it

Rise of human creativity is known as a key factor and a driving force for making difference in social and economic situation of human societies and cities. Development of creative, innovative and knowledge- oriented urban industries is a new orthodoxy in order to build creative cities. In general, a creative city is where (i) acts as a focal point of art and cultural infrastructure, (ii) is an action place of a creative economy, (iii) empower citizens to act as creative people and (iv) is place of fostering a culture of creativity. Most of the thinkers in area of urban creativity mentioned about technological innovations, marketing and media but creativity should also be applied to a wider sphere of environmental, social, political, economic and cultural issues. Regeneration is as individual as the place in which it happens. There might be many different things in different localities which trigger, support or catalyse the process of regeneration (e.g. buildings, individuals, artists, planning regulations, marketing and organisations). But creative turn in regenerating cities would not be possible with out rethinking its notion and using ordinary urban elements as effective assets. Landry (2006) in his book “ The Art of City Making” persist on use of ‘re-‘ prefix in urban-related terms to put a strong emphasis on the fact that tackling the urban problems require visiting first principles again and beginning it afresh. Moreover, urban environment is a complex inter-relation of different concepts and elements, so it would not be possible to seek for a creative change with out having a holistic approach to the nature of urban environment and ‘re-’generating it.

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Mhd.Shadi Khudr's comment, May 27, 2012 2:34 PM
Thanks Elnaz for this post. I wish you all the very best.
Elnaz Ghafoorikoohsar's comment, May 28, 2012 4:45 AM
Thanks Shadi.