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The City within a Garden

From nextcity.org

How Some Cities Are Restoring Nature and Tapping the Power of Ecosystems to Enhance and Protect Urban Life.

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How the shutdown affects open data

From fcw.com

Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.
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Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service

From apolitical.co

Singapore is one of the most innovative governments in the world. Here's how it's teaching its entire civil service innovation tools.
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What Tech Will Look Like in 2039

From www.pcmag.com

We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years. Take a peek into the future.
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What can virtual reality do for you?

From www.rics.org

Virtual reality in real estate is no longer just an idea – here is what it can look like in practice, says Andrew Pryke of BAM Design.
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The Scientist as Civic Partner – Infogagement

From medium.com

At a conference I attended a couple of years ago, a professor presented the results of a survey on what motivates scientists to engage with the public. The top reason scientists gave was to defend…
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Protect Democracy and the Harry Potter Alliance Partner to Launch "Wizards " Toolkit

From protectdemocracy.org

Today, Protect Democracy and the Harry Potter Alliance released a new toolkit for students, educators, and Harry Potter fans to take action to protect democratic values through the words and ideas of Harry Potter, titled “Wizards Protect Democracy.” The toolkit they’ve produced identifies six key areas that have historically signaled the decline of democracy, according to experts. It then provides examples of each area within both Harry Potter and America today.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Connecticut’s First State Data Plan

From www.govtech.com

Plus, New York City codifies its office of data analytics, U.S. Congress votes to approve the OPEN Government Data Act, Buffalo, N.Y., wins an award from the New York secretary of state for its local data work, and more.
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The Year We Wised Up About 'Smart Cities' - When Tech Companies Promise 'Smart Cities,' Be Afraid

From www.citylab.com

Technology companies aren't really built to fix society. So maybe think twice about letting them rebuild urban spaces.
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Top posts of 2018: Most efforts to control traffic don’t work. Here are four things that do. 

From ggwash.org

Whether it’s an apartment building, shopping center, or a mixed-use project, ostensibly well-intentioned residents regularly cite worsening traffic as the reason to stop new development. However, the most common methods communities push for to alleviate congestion make it worse, while the things that actually help usually face strong pushback.
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Here's what we need for civic tech to flourish in government

From apolitical.co

More open data, better digital services and a govtech marketplace are key to the future of digital government in the US and abroad.
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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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How cutting a hole in an L.A. fence opened the door to innovation in New Haven

From medium.com

Just to be clear: Ben Berkowitz doesn’t want you break any laws. But he does think urbanists can do a lot of good in their communities by pushing the limits. That’s a lesson Berkowitz, CEO and…
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Civic Technologist Builds National Toys for Tots Map

From www.govtech.com

John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
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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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Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity

From www.theguardian.com

All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too
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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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