I discovered this beautiful project via Good magazine: In Bb 2.0 is "a collaborative spoken-word and music mosaic that sees a grid of 20 YouTube players on a single page. You can play them all at once or one at a time, or in any combination, in any order." You don't just passively listen; you actually play the page. The artists collaborated to produce In Bb 2.0, and you collaborate with them. Try it.
A truly awesome idea, from Harvard postdoctoral fellow Samuel Arbestman:
Urban transit maps are wonderful tools: they are guides to traveling, they serve as mechanisms for distilling and abstracting a city down to a set of linkages and interconnections, and they are beautiful. The first 'modern' subway map is London's Tube Map, designed by Harry Beck. Since then, many cities have based their transit system map designs on its spare and elegant layout, such as Boston, New York, and Amsterdam.
Absolutely fascinating DIY video (from the New Urbanism series) about neighbors in San Francisco turning a parking lot into a public park. I especially admire the creativity and shareable vision that stands behind the park's specific features:
This essay was originally published by Greater Good, an online magazine dedicated to highlighting ground-breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism, published by the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center.
Can a city's planning and design promote positive mental health?
New research has documented that pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods can be particularly important for maintaining good mental health, especially in the elderly.
Much has been published about the decline of public life and how sprawl is ruining the social fabric of our cities.
Jane Jacobs, in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was one of the first to really speak out about designing for people and community.
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Childcare is very expensive—ask any working parent.
According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, full-time infant care in a childcare center in the District of Columbia averages $10,400 per year. In New York State, this figure is $13,437—more than $1000 per month! As a result, childcare is often the second largest monthly expense for families with young children, after mortgage/rent payments.
There’s a swift invasion underway of our cafes, bars, restaurants, and public spaces all over America. In the last few years, you may have showed up to your favorite neighborhood hangout one morning to suddenly find there’s a flat screen behind the cash register broadcasting advertisements at you. Or you may have taken a date to what used to be a quiet, intimate bistro, only to find that every visible wall is now occupied by giant, blinding TV screens.
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The guide lays out these six steps, which are explained in more detail here.