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The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy'

The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: ‘the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people’. So why did that happen – and what’s coming in its place, asks Steven Poole
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Second chance salads: the urban farms that help disadvantaged people find a future – video

Second chance salads: the urban farms that help disadvantaged people find a future – video | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Meet some of the staff on Severn Project's urban waste-ground farms who are helped to reclaim their lives through the simple work of farming
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How Cities Can Learn from the Human Body’s Systems

How Cities Can Learn from the Human Body’s Systems | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Like the human body, a city has many connected systems. Recognizing this interdependence and redesigning around it leads to resilience in the face of disaster.
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Fun City Ranking | GoEuro

Fun City Ranking | GoEuro | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
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London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'

London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime' | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Take one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor and what do you get? A floating forest across the Thames. But can anyone actually say what the £175m garden bridge is for? By Oliver Wainwright
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Winners announced for the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards - Archinect

Winners announced for the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards - Archinect | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
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Winners announced for the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards
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Winning at the New Zealand Architecture Awards -- the country's most prestigious architectural competition -- must feel like winning the lottery.
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This Local Startup is Harnessing the Sun to Create Original Urban Art - BostInno

This Local Startup is Harnessing the Sun to Create Original Urban Art - BostInno | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
This Local Startup is Harnessing the Sun to Create Original Urban Art BostInno As Boston enjoys its civic innovation renaissance, fueled by the likes of Sistine Solar as well as municipal department like the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics,...
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The Subtractive Canvases and Street Art of Pejac | Colossal

The Subtractive Canvases and Street Art of Pejac | Colossal | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Equally versatile in medium, canvas, and subject matter, Spanish artist Pejac seems comfortable working on the smallest drawing to the largest outdoor mural. While his ideas and motivations are often crystal clear, it is his ...
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Colorful Cloth Street Art Woven Into Fences - Laughing Squid

Colorful Cloth Street Art Woven Into Fences - Laughing Squid | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Street artist Urban X Stitch adorns Lyon, France with whimsical characters and illustrations by weaving colorful cloth into fences around the city. The artist has more art on their Facebook photo stream.
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In 9 Years of Work, Just 3 Public Toilets Go Live - NYTimes.com

In 9 Years of Work, Just 3 Public Toilets Go Live - NYTimes.com | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
A public toilet on Madison Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, was installed in Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times A public toilet on Madison Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, was installed in early 2008.
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The 10 best city books of 2014

The 10 best city books of 2014 | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
From Ferguson to Accra, by way of ingenious new maps of London and a plea to flee cities altogether, here are some of 2014’s best books about all things urban
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Eight Takeaways from Eight Cities

Eight Takeaways from Eight Cities | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
A look at eight overarching takeaways from some of our first resilient city workshops.
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Rethinking Urban Cemeteries

Rethinking Urban Cemeteries | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
The increasing density of urban areas threatens cemeteries. Resilient cities have taken innovative approaches to the challenge.
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6 reasons Helsinki is the ultimate community

6 reasons Helsinki is the ultimate community | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
The best after-parties happen spontaneously in the middle of the shipping containers with people you don’t know. That’s what Helsinki is all about.
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Resilient Cities

Resilient Cities | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a global conversation on resilience and selecting 100 Resilient Cities, ready to withstand disasters and bounce back.
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Fighting Urban Blight With Art - Wall Street Journal

Fighting Urban Blight With Art - Wall Street Journal | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
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One hardly thinks of the folks at Amtrak as modern-day Medicis, but the government-subsidized company aspires to be more than just a passenger rail line.
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Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives | ArchDaily

Opinion: Architecture Should Not Cost Lives | ArchDaily | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Life is cheap at the dirty end of architecture and not just in the UK. The number of fatalities of largely migrant workers from the Indian subcontinent imported to implement Qatar's architectural ambitions, notably the stadiums for ...
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Detailed Stencil Street Art by Jana & JS

Detailed Stencil Street Art by Jana & JS | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Jana & JS are a street art duo currently based in Austria who specialize in detailed stencil work, frequently depicting people with cameras or couples sharing intimate moments. Shown here are a few pieces from recent stops in the German countryside and Brookyln, see much more on thei
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15 Incredible Vertical Gardens Around the World

15 Incredible Vertical Gardens Around the World | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
Halles Avignon - Provence, Cote, d'Azue | Artwork and Photography by PATRICK BLANC     Born June 3rd, 1953 in Paris, France, Patrick Blanc is a botanist and creator of the vertical garden...
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The 26 Best Cities In The World To See Street Art

The 26 Best Cities In The World To See Street Art | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
The street art world has undergone a massive shift in the past few years, with famous figures like Banksy and Shepard Fairey elevating the medium to mainstream consciousness. What was once a clandestine act of art vandalism is now, more often, a cele...
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Art Gensler proud of design, largest architect firm in world - San Francisco Chronicle

Art Gensler proud of design, largest architect firm in world - San Francisco Chronicle | The Urban Canvas | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle Art Gensler proud of design, largest architect firm in world San Francisco Chronicle Art Gensler was a kid in a candy store as he showed off the new east boarding area of the United Airlines terminal at San Francisco...
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