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Using temporary, inexpensive yet creatively designed structures to completely revive areas of destruction or desolation is a positive story emerging from the terrible earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"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."
"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."
The streets of India are filled with vibrancy and most of the retail happens by leveraging local labor. Vendors selling local flavors and skills occupy busy spaces to offer their services at cheap rates, which leverage their sales.
Both Tűzraktér and Gödör Klub are independent non-profit cultural centers located in Budapest, Hungary that serve as meeting points for artists from different disciplines and people interested in arts and social issues.
City Repair engages neighborhood residents in placemaking transforming road intersections into town squares and public space. They also host mobile gatherings through 'teahouses' to encourage and demonstrate communal and social public space use.
Weekend Sherpa is a free, weekly online publication that provides recommendations for outdoor pursuits and hard-to-find adventures in Northern and Southern California. New ideas are posted every Thursday in time for the weekend.
Project Row Houses is a model of a neighborhood that is founded on the principle that art and culture-making --and the community it creates-- can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city neighborhoods.
Worker owned cooperatives can spark economic growth by allowing labor to be owners. The problem is access to capital and start-up guidance. An enterprise fund, like that used to build former communist countries, would provide both.
Facilitate family support networks that meet to discuss their goals and where fellow group members offer suggestions, encouragement, accountability. This can also blend into or expand into a microfinance group, collective, tanda, etc. as necessary.
Commonstudio has combined seed bomb technology with gumball machines to spread green throughout Los Angeles, and similarly, Guerilla Gardening uses the tagline "Gardening public space with or without permission." Both projects are seeding mischief.
This is an award-winning project of social innovation currently running at Oporto, Portugal, which aims at cross-generational interactions.
Local seniors rent their rooms to students coming from all over the country and abroad.
Broken City Lab is an artist collective "concepting" the future of Windsor, Ontario. The projects and processes are designed from observations and concerns about Canada's southernmost city, which used to be the auto capital of the British Empire.
GTECH collaborates with struggling communities in Pittsburgh to implement sustainable projects - like converting vacant lots into biofuel-yielding sunflower fields or collecting waste cooking oil - to help them engage, uplift, and support themselves.