Alex Steffen, a "leading voice in planetary futurism," muses on what he believes could be a way to move beyond NIMBYism and incremental urban planning, to provide an antidote to fundamentally broken city governance.
Oct 2, 2012 Planetary Thinking
Last Friday was annual PARK(ing) Day, and for Howard Blackson, who participated in a pilot park(let) project in San Diego, the reasons to enable context appropriate civic space was underscored again.
Sep 25, 2012 PlaceShakers
One of the highlights of the global architectural calendar, the Biennale is a place to share and discuss the big ideas impacting the field. For this year's U.S. Pavilion, curators are going small by showcasing 124 projects by self-empowered citizens.
Aug 24, 2012 Art Info
The wild success of a "pop-up urban intervention” transforming Toronto's Yonge Street has Christopher Hume and the city's residents excited about the ability of small moves to have a big impact.
Aug 21, 2012 Toronto Star
Young activists Emaleigh and Ainé Doley take matters into their own hands to clean up their neighborhood street in run-down Germantown.
Jun 29, 2012 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Lydon discusses "tactical urbanism", a DIY approach to planning that is sweeping the nation, and explains how communities are making lasting impacts at the grassroots level.
Jun 23, 2012 The Architect's Newspaper
In his <em>Dream City</em> column, Will Doig looks at the attributes making tactical urbanism the hot revitalization trend for municipal authorities across the country.
Jun 18, 2012 Salon.com
On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked-off Chicago's “Make Way for People” program, an effort to "promote economic development and make Chicago streets safer for pedestrians," by transforming the city's paved surfaces into people places.
Jun 7, 2012 Chicago Sun-Times
Public libraries across America are threatened by reduced staffing, resources, and hours due to budget cuts. However, "little libraries" are popping up in communities across the country as urbanists seek to redefine public space and librarianship.
Jun 2, 2012 Places
Scott Doyon argues that getting the next generation of collaborators involved in community improvement efforts will require more than simply using the tools of social media - it will require connecting with what people are passionate about.
May 18, 2012 PlaceShakers