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Ruth Cuadra

Pratt Institute to Offer Master's With a Focus on Public Space - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    Pratt Institute's Architecture School this fall plans to start a master's program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"...to be focused on creating successful public spaces based on community planning
Karen Wade

On Ferguson and Related Events: How Should Historic Sites Respond? | Engaging Places - 1 views

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    My friend and former colleague, Max van Balgooy, suggests in his latest blog that museums can serve as "third spaces" to allow a safe place for diverse people to discuss and explore sensitive issues, such as those arising from Ferguson and related events. While we often think of "third spaces" being places for like-minded folks to gather informally, should they also provide a place to safely voice hurt and anger. What do you think about this interpretation of "third spaces?"
Lisa Eriksen

MoMA presents tactical urbanism strategies for expanding megacities - 0 views

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    Really fascinating exhibit by MoMA on the future of urbanism in global cities. 
David Bloom

You Are Here - 1 views

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    Three maps depicting the "walkingsheds" of cafes in Cambridge, San Francisco, and Brooklyn. An interesting look at the possible areas of influence of specific Third Spaces.
David Bloom

Coffee Shops in Brooklyn, New York - 1 views

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    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.
Ruth Cuadra

ArtPlace America Names 97 Finalists for Creative Placemaking Grants | ArtPlace America - 3 views

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    Lots of third spaces in the making here. Look at all the California finalists!
Lisa Eriksen

This Beer Cooler Cuts Off All Mobile Signals, Forcing You To Actually Talk To The Peopl... - 0 views

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    We have been talking about TrendeWatch 2013 trend "disconnecting to reconnect" and here is a great example of a company capitalizing on this trend.  Great video.  Could this be welcome in galleries or some public programs?
Ruth Cuadra

Project for Public Spaces | Leadership Spotlight: Marisa Novara on Making the Case for ... - 1 views

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    What are the places that draw people together and create a sense of community? They want a way to feel connected to other people in the place that they share.
Ruth Cuadra

Libraries as neutral community spaces - 0 views

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

How football is helping unlock dementia patients' memories | Healthcare Professionals N... - 1 views

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    Dementia care unit built near football stadium to promote reminiscence therapy.  Could museums also play this type of role?
Ileana Maestas

Disaster? Pack a Library Card - 0 views

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    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.
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    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

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    This could be very helpful in connecting museums with their immediate communities around them.
Ruth Cuadra

New Churches Focus on Building a Community Life - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    reinventing "church" in an increasingly secular culture
David Bloom

Change.org Petitions Targeting Restaurants Gain Steam - 0 views

  • The online petition site Change.org 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 Change.org petitions created by customers and other individuals with varying concerns including civil rights, animal rights, environmental sustainability and worker safety.
Johanna Fassbender

Are self-driving cars the future of transportation? - Your Community - 0 views

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    Garry was right! :-)
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