We live in a world of ordered control. We live in a certain way, drive a certain way, eat a certain way. In the world of modern architecture, this reality of control is imposs
Concerts by any manner of artist can raise the pulse of a city. Making them mobile adds a layer of flexibility, and allows them to be used to suss out areas that might be full of energy and ripe for redevelopment.
Need a hug? Building off psychology data and work on leadership, hug-points are centralized places where anyone can come for a simple hug -- or for a hug plus direction to all the city has to offer in support services. A huggable concierge service.
Tim Brown of IDEO had a short interview with NPR, reviewing what he saw as an opportunity to improve the 'skills gap' in the US. By having people learn through tacit/explicit learning, we can build a more capable workforce, and enable new careers.
In operant conditioning, the strongest patterns happen when you reward consistently and then only some of the time. This often reinforces the worst of our urban problems, but what if we used it to reinforce the kinds of cities we wanted to build?
In Zagreb there is a prominent wall that the city designates for street art. The wall is partitioned off into workable sections and the artists come to display their creations for a set period of time before a new cycle of art is painted on the wall.
Town crier is a very old profession. Gerald Rigaud is town crier in the neighborhood of La Croix Rousse in Lyon (France). He puts up boxes in different places for collecting peoples messages. Every sunday morning he divulges these messages.
"Anna Minton argues that this 'regeneration' actually has a negative impact on our lives, because it is the result of private companies wresting control away from local government, creating spaces designed for profit and watched over by CCTV."
During my trip to Mumbai in 2009 for our graduate class research project, a few friends and I decided to take upon a bigger challenge than what we were doing. We wanted children to help fix issues in their community by sharing their ideas and stories
"Shrinking cities are a cultural challenge to us. In the Shrinking Cities project, architects, academics and artists investigate recent developments in Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester / Liverpool and Halle / Leipzig - and make suggestions."
Knowing someone is listening means a lot. What if every month any resident could sign up for lunch with the Mayor, the head of transportation, or the Education Commissioner? They often do not get free flowing information--and could use it.
Save the environment, make honey. I first read about urban rooftop beekeeping in an Indie "mook" (cross between a magazine and a book) called Dumbo Feather. Now the trend seems to be growing - and for good reason.
A direct criticism of the artificial world of glamour and of fashion that magazines present, 'Poses' uses these impossible stances of the fashion publishing houses. Real women transfer these poses to daily scenes, sparking off reaction of spectators
There is a growing interest in using GIS technology to visualize successful transformation of our cities. What can expanding the formal indicators we use to measure the health/vibrancy of our cities can teach us?