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What Can Public Spaces Offer to the Globally Displaced?

From medium.com

While there is no one park or town square that can accommodate 22.5 million people, which is the global refugee population according to recent UN estimates, public spaces can still play a key role in addressing today’s global refugee crisis. In a time where more and more people are being forced out of their homes, many are fighting displacement with place. As a source of stability and social interaction in a new city, public spaces are where healing and connection often happen for refugees and recent immigrants.
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How to Get in Front of the Future: Anticipatory Planning

From blog.altaplanning.com

It is imperative upon our industry to develop new tools and planning approaches to help manage uncertainty and leverage technology to design communities that stand the test of time while delivering multiple benefits.
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Can Society Scale? The growth, challenges and splintering of a Facebook group about urbanism and public transportation

From www.nytimes.com

The growth, challenges and splintering of a Facebook group about urbanism and public transportation is the story of us all.

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Leveling Up Civic Tech with “Civic Hall” 

From medium.com

There’s a crackle of anticipation when the group of civic hackers from Taiwan push the door buzzer to enter the Civic Hall working space in New York City’s Flatiron district. They enter the building…
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How cities are taking a more strategic view toward public art

From medium.com

Public art can be a tool mayors use to build strong communities.
That’s the premise behind the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, an initiative designed to support cities undertaking temporary art projects that address pressing civic issues. Last month, 14 U.S. cities learned that they’re finalists in the Challenge, with a chance at receiving up to $1 million to carry out their ideas.

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World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government

From apolitical.co

Apolitical presents their 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government. It’s the first of its kind to show the international spread of the field, and includes individuals from every continent.

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AR Is Transforming Tech. What Can It Do for Cities?

From datasmart.ash.harvard.edu

If it isn’t already there, augmented reality is coming to a device near you. Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.
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How Participatory Data Collection is Shaping China’s Mobility & Climate Policy

From meetingoftheminds.org

Ms. Xumei Chen works as one of the key research fellows in the China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport under Ministry of Transportation, China. In early July, Meeting of the Minds Consultant and Writer Kate O’Brien connected with Ms. Chen to learn about her research and policy work focused on public transport systems in her rapidly urbanizing country.
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Bringing Play to Public Spaces 

From medium.com

Our ideas of playful public spaces have long been restricted to playgrounds and parks. Due to the notions of adulthood that have been perpetuated, we fail to even expect playful environments around…
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Civic Wants, Civic Needs, Civic Tech

From medium.com

I just spent a fascinating few days at the Code for America summit where we had the opportunity to learn about many projects occurring at the intersection of technopole and civitas: the conceptual…
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Charles Marohn of Strong Towns asks: Is Public Engagement Worthless?

From www.strongtowns.org

It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.
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You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - Design as Participation

From jods.mitpress.mit.edu

You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - This started with a drivetime conversation about contemporary design with Joi Ito. We were stuck in traffic, and in our conversation, a question emerged about designers: This new generation of designers that work with complex adaptive systems. Why are they so much more humble than their predecessors who designed, you know, stuff?

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Who Do You Imagine When You Imagine Biking in Cities – Next City

From nextcity.org

New book challenges biking advocates and racial justice advocates to expand their imaginations around biking.
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Elevation: a film about how drones will change cities

From www.dezeen.com

Drones will transform cities, revolutionising how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed, according to a film by Dezeen
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Urban farming has arrived: here's four ways to make a success of it

From apolitical.co

For the country dwellers of the past, moving from whichever rural hamlet they lived in to the big city was a way to escape a life on the farm. But nowadays, if you move to the city, you might end up on the farm regardless. On the rooftops of tower blocks, floating on waterways or even underground in former air raid shelters, urbanites ar
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Cheap Sensors Help People Understand the Air They Breathe

From www.citylab.com

A new generation of inexpensive, portable air-quality sensors is making it easier for citizen groups and individuals to monitor the air around them.
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Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification”

From www.fastcompany.com

Climate change will sink cities, but first it will make them expensive

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Civic tech needs more funders — start by telling my stepmom that

From medium.com

If you ask the average person on the street about ‘civic tech’, it’s very likely they won’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve tried it and most people I’ve questioned, young or old, won’t even…
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Creating Open-Source Projects Companies Want to Sponsor

From www.govtech.com

No-cost app development and rampant replication sounds like a civic tech pipe dream, but one organization is making it a reality.
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How an 18th Century Social Entrepreneur Named Ben Franklin is Inspiring Civic Innovation Today

From www.seechangemagazine.com

Benjamin Franklin’s belief in the power of citizens to improve themselves and their communities has impacted many
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Moving Community Foundation Dollars from Wall Street to Main Street – Next City

From nextcity.org

A growing movement sees community foundations invest in local financial institutions and development projects, empowering entrepreneurship in the underserved communities that need it most.
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‘We’re trying to bring a lot of fun’: Winnipeg Downtown BIZ on pop-up parks

From globalnews.ca

There is a little extra green space for people to enjoy in the heart of the city this summer, thanks to a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ pop-up park pilot project.
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