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Can Retail Space be an Extension of the Public Realm? A Look at Seattle’s Third Place Books

January 7, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

For sociologist Ray Oldenburg, each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral ground where people can gather and interact while experiencing a sense of ease and belonging. Is that Third Space Books for Seattle?[read more]

Artist, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Art and Nature in San Francisco

For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, 'Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture' centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb," as it is known, pokes out into the San Francisco Bay.[read more]

Contemporary Flower Art

March 7, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Flower Art

Flowers, one of nature’s most appealing experiences, continue to be a source of inspiration for artists. Their form and color are compelling. And then, there is their delicate, ephemeral nature. Their unique qualities make them the focus of photography, painting, and the material for sculpture.[read more]

Call to Action: Help us Identify the World’s Most Endangered Markets

January 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Public Market Preservation

Public markets in many cities are under threat. The '10 Most Endangered Markets in the World' will be the first list ever to call international attention to markets at risk. The list will be released in late March at the upcoming 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona.[read more]

From Urbanizing to Urbanism, 2014, According to Facebook Cover Photos

January 7, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urbanism and Photography in 2014

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries. Themes address the overlapping (and therefore hardly mutually exclusive) nuances of habitation, history, cityscape, landscape, and ecology.[read more]

Voices of the City: Paige Nick

December 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town City Voices Interview

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we meet Paige Nick, a Sunday Times columnist, award-winning advertising copywriter, and author of the critically acclaimed novels, 'A Million Miles from Normal' and 'This Way Up.'[read more]

Voices of the City: Ishay Govender-Ypma

December 5, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Interview

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all interviewees, we discover how our experiences of differ, and also what we share. This week we hear from Ishay Govender-Ypma, a food and travel blogger.[read more]

A Chat with Environmental Artist Janet Echelman

November 7, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Sculpture in public spaces.

Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. She is recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.[read more]

Voices of the City: Lunga Mateta

November 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

City Voices

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. The same five questions are asked of all of the interviewees. This week we hear from Lunga Mateta, managing director of Creative Nestlings.[read more]

Is There Really Nothing for Young Black Professionals to Do in North Carolina?

November 6, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

North Carolina Things to Do

We’ve all said it, that there’s nothing to do for black folks, certain black folks of a younger and more prosperous persuasion, in our North Carolina cities. Lately, those fears were stroked by an article, by Jarvis Holliday, in this past week’s cover story of Creative Loafing Charlotte.[read more]

In Photos: Take a Virtual Tour of Brazil's Painted Streets

Brazil and Street Art

Google Street View compiled an interactive series called “Brazil’s Painted Streets,” featuring decorated avenues from Brazilian cities. Fans adorn streets with decorations every four years. This year, they’ve reached new heights, with the eyes of the world squarely focused on Brazilian cities.[read more]

Melbourne: A Culturally Segregated Melting Pot?

May 15, 2014 by The Global Grid

Melbourne and Segregation

A recent conversation with an esteemed Australian gave me some perspective on the issue of segregation in multicultural communities. Melbourne is one such community. The country of Australia has a distinct history of immigration that makes up the thriving population today.[read more]