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The pop-up designs changing the city landscape

The Guardian

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Pop-ups, temporary constructions intended to enliven public places, can often be used as temporary structures and events as marketing tools, and as camouflage for their larger and less charming permanent developments. But young architects in London, their talent and energy outrunning their employ...

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How One Weekend in Dallas Sparked a Movement for Urban Change

Next City

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small businesses took over a vacant block and transformed it for a limited time to en...

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How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them

Yes! Magazine

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-up the crime and garbage. As an urban development strategy, adjacent vacant stor...

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How Seattle Got Its (Arts) Groove Back

Bright Magazine

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Arts education programs in the United States are subjected to cutting for maintaining tight school budgets. Technology sectors in Seattle seek professionals who have been trained in problem solving skills and innovative idea generation. In response, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Office ...

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How to Build a Better Neighborhood

The New York Times

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the concept of Build a Better Block, which was a pop-up event showcasing art, food, m...

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A New Way to Commemorate Atrocity

Pacific Standard

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international call for memorial proposals, wanting a variety in visions and a collective memo...

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Public art to revive a community

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Urban decay has left a "physical legacy" of past economic hardships in cities. Many cities across the world are now implementing programs that promote public art that rebuilds and reimagines neighborhoods.

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How a declining German city is reviving itself from the bottom up

Citiscope

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Oberhausen is long past its heyday and its railway station exemplifies this, its run down and filled with empty spaces. However, now the space is being developed into a cultural area as well as one for art and innovation, while also offering work opportunities to refugees to help with the renewal...

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Guatemalan women transform their town one brushstroke at a time

Public Radio International (PRI)

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In Guatemala, women are challenging traditional gender norms by playing a growing leadership role in their communities. Specifically, they are leading an initiative to paint local homes with patterns from indigenous weaving traditions. Not only are they making the towns more beautiful, but they a...

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Two Old Theaters, One New North Shore

WNYC

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To help develop the arts scene and also increase economic development in the North Shore area of Staten Island, one family formed a non-profit organization to renovate the St. George Theatre and build it up as a revitalized performing arts space. Since 2004 when the theatre was reopened, the are...

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