I had an email conversation with Bill Adams, founder & Chief editor for Urbdezine, who upon learning that I had presented at a Pecha Kucha Night, was very keen to have me post it and write about PechaKucha (also popular as 20×20). I had the privilege to present on Global Pechakucha for Haiti, along with an impressive line-up that included Architecture For Humanity- Chicago Chapter Director Katherine Darnstadt and Scott Thomas– writer of the book Designing Obama to mention few. [Read more…] about PechaKucha Night
I have new words in my urban dictionary “Islandish Urbanity”. This time my vacation turned out to be quite an outlandish escape to the Virgin Islands while most of the United States were covered under a blizzard. [Read more…] about Charlotte Amalie –An Islandish Urbanity, VIRGIN ISLAND
People always wonder what happens to old buildings and their parts when they are demo’d but talented artists like Chris Burden are out there coming up with ideas on how to “repurpose” the pieces. This is a fun video especially the night sequence at the very end? Enjoy . . .
See what happens when you cut athletics out of the public schools . . .
I am in Tokyo traveling/visiting this week. I must say, it’s an amazing progressive city and culture. So many amazing buildings here. Wow. It’s a huge city, but has a small city feel in the smaller neighborhoods within the city. Public transportation is easy to use, bikes are all over the place, public spaces/parks are great, public art and multiple museums dot the city. It’s like New York City, a bit of Chicago and Vegas lights. Will be posting more pictures when I return. Today’s picture is of the Prada store. This building was built several years ago but has an amazing look and feel from both the outside and inside. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meauron.
This post is the first of a multi-part (but irregular) series about the conflicting relationship between U.S. transportation policy and urban renewal efforts, and what some communities are doing to “take back the streets” from cars for people. This post features a video by COAnews (published on YouTube), which gives a little history of the rectangular or square street grid patterns so common in U.S. cities, especially in the west. Then it goes on to talk about a project in Portland, frequently a leader in urban planning, to make neighborhood intersections more community oriented.
Successful businessman remained in his beleaguered childhood community to transform it.
Youth violence is a major community concern in Chicago — especially in the City’s south and west side neighborhoods. The mission of Chicago’s Greater Roseland Community Committee is to provide a safe haven for youth and their families through community development and programming services. These programs are designed to help curtail delinquency among young people who are between 6 – 17 years of age. The organization further aims to provide structured after-school and year round activities to help engage youth and their families in community empowering civic and academic learning processes. The boundaries of the Greater Roseland Community Committee are from 85th St. and Stewart on the North to 115th Street on the South and from Halsted St. on the West to Cottage Grove Ave. on the East