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Improving government digital services: 7 takeaways from 2018

From medium.com

The past year has brought increased clarity around the steps government needs to take in order to deliver better services to the public. Open standards, security, accessibility, and human-centered…
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Using civic tech to co-create smart cities that promote citizen engagement

From www.theagilityeffect.com

Martin Duval, co-founder of civic tech start-up Bluenove, explains how the collective intelligence platform Assembl speeds up collaboration between citizens and local authorities
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You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability

From americawalks.org

Eventually, New Urbanism “won.” Over 25 years, the idea of traditionally-organized communities moved from outsider to mainstream. The postwar sprawl model, once intellectually dominant, is no longer taught in planning schools. Instead, the principles of New Urbanism are put forth as nothing less than City Planning Best Practices.

The architects and design pioneers we lost in 2018

From www.theguardian.com

Will Alsop, Robert Venturi, MJ Long and more – in 2018 we lost some hugely influential architects, designers and thinkers who transformed the places in which we live, work and play
NeXus Portal Solutions's curator insight, January 25, 3:37 PM

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Communication Strategies to Make Public Engagement More Effective, presented by Kristian Jaakkola

From www.youtube.com

At ArneTech, we are all 'About People'. Get to know about one of the many products and services we have curated to assist in enabling strong relationships, improving participation, and building capacity.
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People use the built environment how they need it, not always how it’s intended

From ggwash.org

Ever since the opening of Phase I in October 2017, the Wharf in DC has seen flocks of people at its restaurants, historic fish market, boardwalk and various piers. The “Recreation Pier” has public swings that are one of the first urban elements you see when entering the Wharf through 7th Street.

What planners don't understand about design - Urban Planner Alain Bertaud's Case for Bottom-Up Design

From www.citylab.com

Urban planner Alain Bertaud’s new book, Order Without Design, argues that cities are really shaped by market forces, not visionaries.
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Approaches to "smart cities" must get smarter — here's five ways to improve

From apolitical.co

This piece was written by Marni Wilhite, head of product and lead of the Office of Design & Delivery at the City of Austin, and Ben Guhin, head of design & technology policy at the City of Austin. For more like this, see our cities newsfeed. As leaders in design and technology at the City of Austin, we’ve participated in hundreds of conversations, collaborations and procurement
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How to redesign cities to fight loneliness

From www.fastcompany.com

Loneliness is a global issue. Half a million Japanese are suffering from social isolation. The U.K. recently appointed a minister for loneliness, the first in the world. In Australia, Victorian state MP Fiona Patten is calling for the same here. Federal MP Andrew Giles, in a recent speech, said: “I’m convinced we need to consider responding to loneliness as a responsibility of government.”
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What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?

From theconversation.com

Transport policies in European cities are on a collision course with the tech industry's ambitions for self-driving cars.
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7 urban innovations from 2018

From info.trendwatching.com

Cities are engines of consumption and opportunity but at the same time they face – and create! – countless challenges: inequality, unaffordability, pollution, waste and more.

Here are seven very urban innovations to inspire you in 2019. How can you make urban lives easier, cheaper, cleaner or just better?!
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Inclusion and Civic Engagement in Public Technology Building and Planning

From www.benton.org

How can we build inclusive, people-centered smart cities? Whether they are Wi-Fi kiosks, urban sensors, fiber networks, or built-from-scratch “smart” neighborhoods, new urban technology deployments are under the microscope. Despite the potential of these projects to drive innovation and economic growth, they are often met with mixed reception and a myriad of justifiable questions.

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Seven reasons why you should take your child on public transport

From apolitical.co

Public transit is good for kids. Here are the ways taking the tube or riding the bus boost the cognitive development of young children.
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Top 10 Urban Planning Books - 2018 by Planetizen

From www.planetizen.com

Planetizen's annual list of top books covers subjects in all varieties of planning: urban planning, community planning, environmental planning, and more.
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Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming and There’s No Roadmap (Yet) – Next City

From nextcity.org

From job shifts to reclaimed parking-lot acreage to the end of traffic tickets. How will cities and their residents gain, or lose, once AVs hit the mainstream?
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We Are All We Have: The Practice of Neighboring - Mn Artists

From www.mnartists.org

Ashley Hanson and Mary Welcome—both traveling artists working in rural places—team up to articulate their work as a practice of neighboring, in order to show how mutual exchange, compassion, and care can shift the narrative of artistic success.
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Growing the Civic Tech Movement – Code for America Blog –

From medium.com

Last month, more than 150 Code for America Brigade members from across the country gathered in Charlotte, NC for our annual Brigade Congress. What is Brigade Congress, you may ask? Brigade Congress is a gathering of leaders in the civic tech community.
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The ‘Gateway Drug to Democracy’ –

From thelivinglib.org

The fastest way to reveal a nation’s priorities is to take a look at its budget. Where money is allocated, improvements and expansions are made; where costs are cut, institutions and policies wither. 

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Why we need to invest in transformative placemaking

From www.brookings.edu

In an era marked by stark inequalities, there is an urgency, and opportunity, for local and regional leaders to advance place-led development that produces better economic outcomes for more people in more places.
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Our Future Depends On Building Smart, Sustainable Cities

From www.huffingtonpost.ca

Through many months, probably even years, our office kitchen lived in a state of abject squalor. In the fridge, cartons of milk congealed into blue cottage cheese. Humous grew a layer of thick, ric
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Managing the Transition to Shared Automated Vehicles: Building Today While Designing for Tomorrow

From meetingoftheminds.org

To plan for the transition to automated vehicles, cities and county governments should develop building and zoning codes that not only accommodate adaptable parking but encourage it by design. This can include amending building codes to require infrastructure that makes transforming garages into inhabitable buildings possible. As automated vehicles begin to enter the marketplace, cities should consider incentives and other programs to begin the conversion of ground level parking to commercial uses.
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Youth, Vote! Step Up with Easy Digital Tools That Inform

From shapingyouth.org

November 3, 2018 Instead of reliving the rage that put me in a Looney Tunes cartoon depiction of steam coming out of my ears reading the misguided missives of PoliSci majors who have never cast a vote, or disaffected youth choosing to step off vs step up for the 2018 Midterms, I’m going to ditch rhetoric …
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Making the Spaces of Cities Smarter: Why cities should embrace the digital public realm

From medium.com

Smart cities have long been discussed as conceptual ideas for how cities should be and what they could do. Rarely is the concept broken down into something that provides substantive meaning to the average city-dweller. Indeed ‘smartness’ for many, is far removed from their everyday life, rather just a hidden network of sensors and connectors.
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We Are All Catalysts: Part One – How We Can Amplify and Broaden Dialogue and Deliberation Work

From ncdd.org

The upcoming 2018 NCDD conference in Denver seeks to “catalyze the catalysts” by asking how we can work together to broaden the use and amplify the impacts of dialogue and deliberation efforts locally and globally.

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Historical Preservation: What's worth saving?

From www.cityartsmagazine.com

In a city changing under our feet, holding onto the past can be an existential endeavor. But what gets preserved? Historical buildings associated with minorities are less likely to get landmarked—so some are working to set the record straight. [...]Rea
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