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Portuguese Town Uses Gamification to Get an Amazing 25% Turnout for Participatory Budgeting

November 24, 2015 by Shareable .

To get such remarkable civic engagement, the participatory budgeting program, which was allotted 100,000€, used a gamification strategy with a leader board that displayed which proposals were receiving the most votes. It also gave people both online and offline methods of voting, with either paper ballots or through a website.[read more]

Why We Need More Women Engineers

November 24, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Interview with Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms.[read more]

How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking

November 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people.[read more]

Why Privatize Water?

November 20, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.[read more]

In Chicago, New Parks Are Civic Infrastructure

November 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

All the landscape architects said the creation of interesting public spaces can “get people out of their homes and into their community,” as Bird said. And while landscape architects and designers might not be able to change the world in as broad strokes as they may like, they can at least, as Ford put it, “create a comfortable bench for different people to engage with each other, to have a conversation they might not normally have.”[read more]

How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All

November 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

If we design places that are safely accessible by children—the most vulnerable users of the road—we will improve safety and quality of life for all. Dense development, small blocks, connected streets, and mixed use will make for a safe and sustainable city.[read more]

National Main Street Center and Project for Public Spaces Co-sponsor Summit with White House to Boost Placemaking in Rural Communities

November 17, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The White House Rural Council, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, has announced it will host The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17. The Convening will bring together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking–a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places.[read more]

Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

November 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park.[read more]

The Evolving Sustainable Building Standard

November 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

As environmental standards for the built environment continue to become increasingly relevant and more frequently pursued, the once small pool of available building certifications has grown into a plethora of tools each with slightly different goals and degrees of intensity.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

Raleigh Piloting New Hospitality District to Address Downtown Noise Concerns

November 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

In response to the increasing volume of noise complaints in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, city council launched a one-year pilot program called the Glenwood South Hospitality District. The district will be responsible for enforcing the city’s new noise ordinance and mediating complaints among the growing number of nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the district.[read more]

Why Feelings Matter Most with Citizens and Their Cities

November 12, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Ask your kid who goes to Disney World and doesn’t like Mickey or Cinderella Castle. All they want to do is ride Space Mountain a bunch of times. That’s right. They’d rather go on a ride that strips away your sense of knowing where you are going and makes you trust your other four senses.[read more]