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Toronto’s Park People: Making Sense of Community Engagement in the Parks Business

October 13, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Involving citizens and communities in the process of managing city parks may represent a new way of doing business for public park agencies, but it is an increasing necessity to have a constituency that supports and advocates for what the agency does. How a parks department is organized to accept and use different kinds of resources – including funding and volunteer support – will require unprecedented collaboration between the networks of public, private, and philanthropic actors, with a strong community base. Cities across the U.S. are coming to understand this, and so are some of our neighbors to the north.[read more]

Why is Cebras por la Vida Important for Bogotá?

October 1, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Designing and building a city thought the eyes of pedestrians’ needs brings dignity and quality to urban life. Cebras por la Vida is an effort to bring back the fun and the seriousness to the process of reclaiming our city[read more]

Three Cities Broadcasting Free Wi-Fi and Why This Is a Good Thing

September 7, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

The internet has rapidly changed the way that people connect with others, work, and live. Cities–like Taipei, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo–are catering to this widespread demand for internet by broadcasting free Wi-Fi.[read more]

Repost: 15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces

August 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves and Gardenista and her husband live together in seriously small quarters—a 240-square-foot studio, to be exact. She agreed to share her surprising tips about how to make it work (and not drive each other crazy)…[read more]

Could A City Really Be Redesigned To Build Happiness? An Interview With Charles Montgomery

July 27, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Planning for fun

Could a city really be redesigned to build happiness? One major aspect of liveability relates to how happy we can feel in the public spaces we inhabit. We talk to one of the leading authors in the field of urban happiness, Charles Montgomery, who will be a plenary speaker in the upcoming Walk21 conference in Vienna.[read more]

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Tempers are Boyle-ing

The community of Boyle Heights has expressed their discontent and disappointment at the lack of inclusion in the planning process. They have vocalized that as proposed, this project is not taking into account their needs, culture, and current socio-economic situation.[read more]

How To Start A Social Street in 5 Steps

July 21, 2015 by Shareable .

Get to know the neighbors

Italy’s Social Streets was launched to increase opportunities for meaningful neighbour interaction through self-organizing groups, to help residents of a particular street get to know one another—establish enduring bonds, exchange hyper-local knowledge, and share needs, by preparing a collective meal or carrying out projects.[read more]

Extreme Placemaking: A Post-industrial Stonehenge Rises in Scotland

July 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

From coal mine to sky map

In a Scottish village, Sanquhar, a former coal mine has been transformed into a 55-acre work of land art. Conjuring images of Stonehenge, the art work, which opened July 10, was built from materials found on-site, including 2,000 boulders half-buried below ground.[read more]

Beyond Sim City: How Video Games Are Affecting City Planning

With increasingly advanced software and the rise of the “sand box” gaming genre (video games that enable players to freely design their environments) has come a flurry of city building simulators. They are having a major impact on real world urban design by inspiring dialogue and educating individuals on how to create sustainable cities.[read more]

Celebrating Mandela Day: Madiba’s legacy and reflections on citizenry

July 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

July 18. Celebrate!

Every day should be Madiba Day in Njabulo S Ndebele’s estimation. We should be helpful, compassionate and kind every day of the year, and use Nelson Mandela’s birthday, in addition to the current activities that have become a tradition, as a day for reflection, says the chairman of the Cape Town Partnership board in this inspiring interview.[read more]

How Art Reveals the World of Trees and Our Changing Relationships With Them

July 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Love trees

A review of Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees, an exhibition on view at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. The Arts Center is a beacon for global arts and culture in Silicon Valley. On this most recent visit, I was pleased to see that the Cantor was also making some effort to be a beacon for our relationship with nature.[read more]

Five Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe


Cities play a vital role by providing the space for people to publicly congregate. By designing public spaces for the community, we are investing in the culture and pride of our countries, and setting the stage for greater civic engagement. Let’s take a look at how five cities around the world celebrate their national birthdays.[read more]