The Contradiction of Consumerism

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Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers pictured at the scene after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 25, 2013. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty) With the r…

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Does "art" render the "real world" or the imagination and in what way does Photoshop decrease our reliance on visual imagery if it no longer reflects the Enlightenment view of a world that has only one version not an infinite number i.e. can you trust any image? What does this do to our work as visionaries?

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How One Nonprofit Scales the Fences of Hundreds of Acres of Publicly Owned Vacant Land

We could use vacant public  urban land differently if we were able to adopt processes like this from New York City to locally in our cities and if we had the support of authorities who need to find ways to reduce the dependence on “service delivery” over citizen involvement, in the same way San Francisco encourages users to create urban pocket parks Pavement to Parks: Plazas & Public Space, by  on GOOD+you.


If you’ve ever walked around New York City—whether through Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island—at some point you probably noticed that in between the restaurants, boutiques, and countless Duane Reades there are a surprising number of scattered vacant lots sitting empty, collecting weeds and garbage. You may have also noticed that these spaces are usually concentrated in lower income neighborhoods, the kind of areas where safe, beneficial land is most needed. If you’ve ever wondered why these lots were empty or why someone hasn’t just rolled up their sleeves and started planting some tomatoes, you may want to contact Brooklyn-based non-profit 596 Acres—but be ready to start digging. The organization has helped neighborhood organizers transform eight public sites so far, and with four more pre-approved, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

596 Acres catalogues the city’s empty, unused land (check out the interactive map on their website to find a vacant lot near you), and then provides local communities with the resources—including online organizing platforms and advocacy help—to transform the spots into productive spaces. With simple tactics like posting signs on the city’s open lots and connecting locals to each other and the right government agencies, 596 Acres helps communities convince the city to give them the right to claim the spaces and put them to use.

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Pavement to Parks: Plazas & Public Space

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The San Francisco Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to read the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process. Understanding what the program is trying to achieve and the process and regulations for a successful parklet may reduce the time it takes to receive a permit, and will likely result in a superior parklet design.

Download: Download the full Parklet Manual

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Why Your ‘Green Lifestyle’ Choices Don’t Really Matter

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All the upcycling in the world can’t alter the fact that fossil fuels are safely embedded at the center of our global energy system.

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Although these are systems issues it is people who change things – in fact only people can alter systems and make choices – so I disagree with Maggie on the grass-roots issue – as the gras-roots will drive bigger changes – even in entrenched actor-networks in place.

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Lessons From Silicon Valley’s ‘Downtown’

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How best to revitalize downtown urban centers in the wake of the sweeping suburbanization of the past half century? It’s a big issue, one we discuss frequently here at Cities. Areport released Thursday, Shaping Downtown San Jose: The Quest to Establish an Urban Center for Silicon Valley by SPUR, the Bay Area-based urban-planning research and advocacy organization, provides a detailed and intriguing history of the challenges that continue to face downtown San Jose, the Valley’s urban center. (SPUR is also advising on San Jose’s redevelopment plan).

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

How not to let downtowns become wastelands – Is there any option – advertising drives spending on cars and consumption based lifestyles?

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EUROPA CITY BY BIG | A AS ARCHITECTURE

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Europa City by BIG, Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris, Urban Design,…

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Another "BIG" project with sweeping roof gardens adn integration into the landscape.

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