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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?
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.
Although vibrancy implies movement, sometimes all you need is somewhere to sit. Filling an open, public space with plentiful and inviting seating is a low-cost way to create a place where people want to be and not just move through.
When grasshoppers are put in to a jar, they hop high, hitting their heads on the jar-top. After a while they jump just the right height to avoid hitting their heads. If the jar lid is removed, they still jump low. We do that in our cities too.
The public "Third Place," is something that we could risk losing from our modern, commercially-driven cities. These public spaces, that are not home nor work, promote a social connectedness that is accessible to all.
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.
LGBT community celebrated Motor City Pride at Detroit Plaza. Hundreds of Gay and Lesbian gathered on this hot summer day to share their joy and participate in human right campaign. Pride festivals are revitalizing our cities.
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
Create or reclaim an urban place to imagine possibilities for a neighborhood. By both providing the tools to share community thoughts and a space to do it in, neighbors are empowered. This entry explores a park and coffee shop installation.
I work as an Engineer and make decent money. But, let me tell you a secret.. I love free food, we love free food! At cafeteria, at the meetings, in the college..
I believe that free food has the potential to invite and engage people!
Helping the homeless transition back into society is a difficult process. One successful and financially efficient way for cities to do this is by providing the homeless with affordable housing where they can practice living a normal life again.
As the Creative City model for urban regeneration founders on the rocks of the recession, and the New Labour public art commissioning frenzy it triggered in the UK recedes, this book explores an era of highly instrumentalised public art making.
How might we restore vibrancy to cities and regions? An underlying assumption can be that we can design, maybe plan for vibrancy. Can we really? How to you design for vibrancy to emerge and grow? How can we nurture vibrancy?
Cities in crisis are the result of a loss of diversity. The urban ecosystem has become too dependent on a limited set of capabilities and interactions. Focus needs to be on understanding the capabilities and interactions in order to find a new recipe
Homeowners Associations (HOA) are legal entities with the capability of changing urban and suburban communities. An HOA has the power to engage residents, share resources, and create local businesses. Leverage the HOA to create communities.