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Placemaking Gets Deep - Forecast Public Art. Mark VanderSchaaf, regional planning director of Minnesota's Metropolitan Council.

Placemaking Gets Deep - Forecast Public Art

Photo courtesy the Metropolitan Council. Today’s cities could use a little soul, says city planner Mark VanderSchaaf. For much of his nearly 12-year tenure as director of regional planning for the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, VanderSchaaf has been arguing for something he calls deep placemaking. Like the ancients, he believes that every city has a personality—and that planning efforts guided by its spirit will enjoy greater success. Spin Laundry Lounge * Small Business Revolution. If I was going to recreate the laundromat, I wanted to do it right.

Spin Laundry Lounge * Small Business Revolution

It was go big or go home. While some tend to complain about tasks they don’t enjoy, others decide to change them, make them more enjoyable and efficient—essentially, make them better. A new spin on the laundry experience « Laundrylux. Global Development Professionals Network. I’m always amazed at how many students show up each year in the classrooms of the London School of Economics, where I teach, quivering with excitement about microfinance and other “bottom-of-the-pyramid” development strategies.

Global Development Professionals Network

Like eager young missionaries, they feel they’ve stumbled upon the One Idea that is sure to save the world. Places in the Making by MIT DUSP. Millennium Villages – Center for Sustainable Development. The Millennium Villages Project’s sites are areas in which community-level work is done to advance MDG related goals in health, nutrition, and education.

Millennium Villages – Center for Sustainable Development

Accomplishments in these sectors will be documented over the life of the project. Areas of measurement will include malaria morbidity, access to water and sanitation, education attendance and performance, and availability of school meals. The findings will review lessons learned in empowering local communities to achieve the MDGs. CSD at the Earth Institute is home to the monitoring and evaluation and the systems design teams for the Millennium Villages. The monitoring and evaluation platform for the Millennium Villages has been established to assess progress towards the MDGs, and to compare Millennium Village Project sites to villages nearby not receiving the intervention, and national and sub-national data sets. Documentcoffeebar. Warby Parker may have a better 'buy one, give one' model. We already know that good marketing does not equal good aid.

Warby Parker may have a better 'buy one, give one' model

Toms Shoes has earned a fair amount of criticism for its “One for One” model – a pair of shoes is donated to a child in need for every pair bought by the consumer. But, after seeing the marketing benefits, more and more for-profit businesses are using a similar model to donate goods in developing countries. How Toms Shoes and Warby Parker Give Differently. By Josh Caplan In a time where the global economy is still reeling from the effects of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and tension between socio-economic classes are running high, capitalism is undergoing an examination.

How Toms Shoes and Warby Parker Give Differently

Is this economic system — which, according to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, has in the span of 200 years shrunken the number of people living on $1 per day from 85 percent to 17 percent — too flawed or in large part obsolete? Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists. The Art Basel Miami Beach art fair kicks off this week, an event that drew 75,000 people and 140 international museum and international groups in 2013.

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

The art fair is widely credited with kick-starting the economic resurgence of the Miami area, so it seems like a good time to ask: What do we really know about the role of art in the city? Does it help to drive economic growth and development or does it contribute to gentrification? Are leading edge arts clusters found just in big cities, like New York and Los Angeles, or can they spread to smaller and medium sized ones as well? A recent study published in the journal Urban Studies takes a close look at the connection between the arts and city building. Collaborative, Creative Placemaking: Good Public Art Depends on Good Public Spaces.

This article also appears in the current issue of Public Art Review.

Collaborative, Creative Placemaking: Good Public Art Depends on Good Public Spaces

Friends of the High Line. Measure What Matters. 11 Principles for Creating Great Community Places. Effective public spaces are extremely difficult to accomplish, because their complexity is rarely understood.

11 Principles for Creating Great Community Places

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WWOOF as Model for interconnected coffee movements. Community Development as Art. Placemaking for communities. Barista Training, Coffee Business Consulting. Detroit Leads the Way on Place-Centered Revitalization. Future plans for Cadillac Square call for a lively marketplace / Image: PPS You may have heard about downtown Detroit’s big comeback story.

Detroit Leads the Way on Place-Centered Revitalization

Campus Martius has become one of America’s great urban squares. Demand for housing has outstripped supply for months. Major tech firms like Twitter are opening up offices in refurbished historic buildings. The Motor City’s historic core is ascendant. B-Corp KeepCup! Business Innovation Summit. Forbes Review Mcmennamins. Tactics: Brian McMenamin of McMenamins. McMenamins hopes to expand Edgefield with purchase of former pig farm.

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How McMenamins' crowdfunding effort in Washington could unlock future Oregon expansion. Of Note: Dream Center & Coffee House Building a Community for Foster Youth. The Kern County Network for Children (KCNC) working together with our community partners has created an innovative resource center for foster youth that serves as an easily accessible, inviting hub for comprehensive, integrated services and unique job training. The Dream Center assists current and former foster youth transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Services utilize a formal case management system, with co-located staff from Kern County Probation, Kern County Mental Health, Bakersfield College, Kern High School District and our Department of Human Services Independent Living Program on-site and available to reduce the duplication of services and increase service accessibility for youth.

Dream Center Goals.