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David Bloom

Coffee Shops in Brooklyn, New York - 1 views

    This map shows the location of every independent coffee shop in Brooklyn and the walking-shed community associated with it. Independent coffee shops are positive markers of a living community. They function as social spaces, urban offices, and places to see the world go by. Communities are often formed by having spaces in which people can have casual interactions, and local and walkable coffee shops create those conditions, not only in the coffee shop themselves, but on the sidewalks around them. We use maps to know where these coffee shop communities exist and where, by placing new coffee shops, we can help form them. We applied two steps to generate the data displayed by the map. First, we used the Google Places API to locate all coffee shops in a given city. Second, for each point in the map we queried the walking route and distance to its nearest coffee shop using the Google Distance Matrix API. In the final map the colored areas represent a region which is walkable to a specific coffee shop (within one kilometer or 0.7 miles). The intensity of color at each point indicates its distance from its corresponding coffee shop.
Elizabeth Merritt

How Community Design Advocates Can Be a Force for Design Justice - 0 views

  • Currently, Colloqate is working with community design advocates on Midland Library in Portland and restorative justice space in Dallas.
  • The project in Dallas, which deals with a former jail, allows us to think about restorative justice through the lens of those who have been most harmed by that space. We were able to hire CDAs that were formerly incarcerated and hire others who were part of the broader network of the city and they were working together to ask questions of their own specific communities,
  • Design as Protest (DAP) began as a yearlong organizing effort, involving 250 design professionals and design advocates across the United States and Canada. They examined how injustice can be challenged through the built environment. Issues such as ending the prison industrial complex, defunding and reallocating the police, and advocating against architecture projects that are hostile to communities of color.
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  • The Black Panthers talked about removing capitalist intentions within communities which are the standard tropes around what gentrification is and what it means for capital to come into a neighborhood and wash away cultural institutions. The ethos of design justice is simply that for every injustice in this world there is an architecture, a plan, a design, that’s been built to sustain that injustice, and for so much of our work power is vested in land.”
    Community Design Associates are not only asked to talk about design, but also about their own experiences and the nuances that get missed in public consultations where the project is set and residents can only ask questions or give opinions.
Ileana Maestas

Disaster? Pack a Library Card - 0 views

    Great report on how the libraries in NY and New Jersey became centers of communication during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Could museum's serve the same purpose in their community? This concept could be worked into museums' Disaster Preparedness plan.
    Elaine Gurian has been advocating for years for museums to be "essential" in their communities. This is an example of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Yes, museums should think about how they could serve their communities in the event of disasters and build those ideas into their prepardedness plans.
Johanna Fassbender

App helps organizers bring local community events to life | Springwise - 0 views

    This could be very helpful in connecting museums with their immediate communities around them.
Ileana Maestas

Vacaville Planning Commission to mull capital improvement projects - The Reporter - 0 views

    Planning commissions are a place where museum's need to have a presence. These commissions look at the needs of the communities and plan up to ten years in advance. For museums to stay relevant to its community it needs to be involved in the log term plannin.
Ruth Cuadra

"Stacked" by Michael Harris | The Walrus | April 2012 - 1 views

    Building a new library building gave designers and librarians a new way to think about what a library can be to a community.  Digital and physical coexist and people are a primary focus. Could a museum do as well?  How can you achieve this level of integration and community involvement without building a new building?
Ariane Karakalos

Four Ways to Keep the Museum Experience Relevant | Fast Company - 0 views

  • The event was successful from both historical and new metrics. Attendance surpassed projections and 1,700 new memberships were generated just from people waiting in line for the exhibition. More importantly for Ferriso, the city-wide experience changed how people perceive the museum.
  • Chinese residents from Chinatown got involved for the first time.
  • Kids showed up by the busloads. Local restaurants hosted after-parties for young patrons, and robust blog discussions were moderated by some of Portland's design community. By extending the conversation throughout the city, the museum was able to attract a new audience and re-energize its traditional base.
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  • Ferriso understood that the ability of the museum to involve more people in the conversation was based on the relevancy of the content.
  • The CDN content was particularly relevant to Portland and had the potential to attract a new audience--the young creative class.
  • Portland has had a long trade relationship with China due to its location in the Pacific Northwest, and city officials intend to forge even closer ties. Portland's entrepreneurs and business people are interested in understanding more about this global force that is transforming the sociopolitical dynamic of the world. In addition, the exhibition's focus on design, though not traditional for the museum, connected with Portland's thriving design community.
  • triggered local businesses that were not previously involved with the museum to get involved
  • Discussions are ongoing about bringing in more exhibitions that are relevant to local businesses.
  • They invited a small number of people from the creative community who they knew would help stimulate conversation, like a good host at a dinner party. These creators hosted their own events and were invited to blog on the exhibition's Web site.
  • The bigger challenge for the museum was releasing control of the conversation. Museums are historically cautious, and protective of the intellectual rigor of each exhibition.
  • Curation: Stay true to who you are."At the end of the day, you still need to present a point of view," said Jay. "Curation is still king." The museum was able to successfully move beyond the traditional museum experience and remain authentic because it understood its core promise--inspiring conversations through art and culture. The medium of social media did not become the museum's promise, but a means to connect with a new generation of potential patrons. It remained committed to curatorial rigor, the selection of collaborators was strategic, and the topic was timely and meaningful. By staying true to its purpose, the museum was able to be relevant to this new generation without alienating its traditional patrons. An 85-year-old board member said it best: "CDN allowed the museum to rethink how it connects with people."
  • New metrics are being discussed to measure the value of the conversations generated by the museum. Ideas include measuring repeat visits to the museum, quality of conversations, and influence (how do you measure the impact of inspiring the next Frank Gehry?).
Ruth Cuadra

Communities can take back their town with pop-up museums in vacant spaces - 1 views

    THE HERITAGE COUNCIL is hosting workshop to teach communities how to create a pop-up museum in vacant spaces to inject life back into their towns and draw in the tourists.
Ruth Cuadra

New Churches Focus on Building a Community Life - - 0 views

    reinventing "church" in an increasingly secular culture
Ariane Karakalos

Plains Art Museum Seeks Community Involvement with Upcoming Exhibition « Plai... - 0 views

  • The exhibition, titled You Like This: A Democratic Approach to the Museum Collection, will be on display October 6 to January 15. All work in the exhibition will have been chosen by the public through crowdsourcing.
  • three-step process
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  • short survey online
  • pieces to choose from, so the panel will help narrow the focus based on the data from the survey.  After that, the public will b
  • After that, the public will be able to vote online for the specific pieces that will be part of the exhibition.
Ariane Karakalos

The Portland Art Museum Transforms an Exhibition Into a Social Platform | Fast Company - 0 views

  • museum borrowed from social networking platforms and created a dynamic ecosystem that invites different
  • evels of involvement from three types of people--creators, commentators and consumer
  • The museum's bold step was reaching out to creators--Portland's creative community--and inviting them to make their own exhibitions and events exploring the creative revolution in China as part of the total China Design Now exhibition experience.
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  • To extend community involvement online, the museum created where sixteen different blog editors from the community contribute content and editorial perspectives daily.
  • While including potentially offensive underground comics and "amateur" art may make some traditional museum-goers uncomfortable, the museum believes that inviting people to be part of the experience is necessary to remain relevant and worth the risk.
Ariane Karakalos

Community Involvement : Discovery Center Museum : Rockford, IL - 0 views

  • Discovery Center Museum has provided after school activities within the Rockford School District #205 for the past 10 years. The After School Achievement Program is provided to schools within the Rockford School District that are defined as Title One schools. These schools are all located in predominately low-income neighborhoods and have a high number of children on the free or reduced lunch program, and have been placed on a statewide Watch List due to their low academic test scores. This program runs from September-May each year.
  • safe environment, positive mentoring and lessons that foster success in school and the community at large. Our program helps children succeed, develop a positive self-image and stay in school by improving their English language, reading, math, science and creative skills. Our program also teaches social and personal life skills, team building, and exposes children to a wide variety of cultural experiences
  • These after school programs are partially funded by the state of Illinois. Discovery Center provides approximately $100,000 of in-kind services for the five schools in which we serve as Lead Agency. This support is in the form of donated staff salaries, a free Family Nights at the museum for participating children and their families, materials, food, student incentives, contractual costs to other participating organizations, free admission to the museum for a field trip one time each year and free family memberships to the museum to all lead agency schools (approximately 500 families).
Ruth Cuadra

Nokia patents a tattoo that vibrates when you get a call - - 0 views

    technology that would allow phones to communicate with a special tattoo through magnetic waves
Ruth Cuadra

Doug Aitken Transforms the Hirshhorn with SONG 1 | Around The Mall - 0 views

    Artist and museum cooperate to create work that faces the community, doesn't require people to come in to experience art
Megan Conn

How Smart Phones Are Turning Our Public Places Into Private Ones - Technology - The Atl... - 1 views

    The loss of "stranger communication"... Will museums need guest services staff if all the answers are attainable on smart phones?
David Bloom Petitions Targeting Restaurants Gain Steam - 0 views

  • The online petition site could be seen as both a blessing and a curse for restaurants. On the one hand, it's an easy way for customers to communicate to businesses what they want. On the other hand, it's an easy way for customers to communicate to businesses what they want. Restaurants, such as In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A, Sizzler, Chipotle, Wendy's and others, are being targeted by petitions created by customers and other individuals with varying concerns including civil rights, animal rights, environmental sustainability and worker safety.
Ruth Cuadra

Rural Futures Institute has important questions to explore - 1 views

    Very interesting article about what it means now and what it might mean in 2075 mean to live in a rural community. Note the list questions ranging from transportation systems to schools to "rural services".
Ruth Cuadra

Starving for Communal Spaces - 0 views

    This article suggests to me that senior centers need to be re-thought. Seniors want to be in the thick of things even if they are just sitting with friends over luke-warm coffee. Enter the museum's third place...
Ruth Cuadra

Libraries as neutral community spaces - 0 views

    "We need to make this a landing strip for people who may not be culturally attuned to using a public building"
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