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WikiCity – How Citizens can Improve their Cities This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional) When governments don’t build infrastructure, citizens usually complain, but can’t do much about it. They pressure public officials and protest against proposed projects, but that’s as far as citizen participation in city building usually goes. It’s reactive, not proactive. However, this model of citizen participation is being rethought by citizens around the world. One example of this type of action is Toronto’s Urban Repair Squad. In Mexico, the movement is called wikiciudad (wikicity), and it has the central idea that anyone can edit and modify cities. In Los Angeles, several different groups have tried to address the lack of seating in the streets. The improvements that citizens are building are not always priorities for local governement, but, however tiny and localized, they do make a difference in the way people feel about and interact with the city’s public space. Images courtesy of diegoehg_ and thinkmo on flickr

Kickstarting Urban Renewal with an Underground Park | New York City on GOOD We’ve been in love with the idea ever since it surfaced last fall: a four-season underground park beneath the hectic streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The concept for the “Delancey Underground” has been drifting around design blogs and New York publications for months now, making lovers of innovative urban space salivate. Now the founders of the project, Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, have turned to Kickstarter, not only to raise funds, but to prove to local government that the public is serious about making the project a reality. If this is the first you’ve heard about it, the Delancey Underground is a concept for transforming a defunct trolley terminal for streetcars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge into public space. The design would preserve the hub's unique, turn-of-the-century features, including cobblestones, rail tracks and vaulted ceilings, while integrating green design technologies, like fiber optic cables to bring natural sunlight underground.

SUV [sens & utilités en vrac] Nous sommes nombreux à la recherche de moyens pour mettre en place un environnement de travail sain pour soi et nos équipes. Thomas Emmanuel Gérard, coach en entreprise et facilitateur en intelligence collective, nous ouvre, en toute simplicité, la voie à la Mindfulness. Respirez, cela va vous faire du bien…! Qu’est-ce que la mindfulness dont tout le monde parle ? La mindfulness se traduit en français par ‘pleine conscience’. Pourquoi utiliser le terme anglais ‘mindfulness’ plutôt que ‘pleine conscience’ ? C’est une manière de distinguer la pratique laïque de la pratique bouddhiste. Dans quel cadre peut-on découvrir la mindfulness ? Aujourd’hui, la mindfulness a largement dépassé le cadre de la pratique méditative et du développement personnel. Pourquoi avoir choisi d’introduire la mindfulness dans votre activité de coach ? Je pratique la mindfulness au quotidien depuis de nombreuses années et c’est tout naturellement que j’ai choisi de la mettre au cœur de mon métier de coach.

Apply Now » Next Foundation Thank you for your interest in the NEXT Foundation. Please note that we will not be accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) before 3 June 2014. You are welcome to download the EOI application form now however. The NEXT Foundation application process We use a two-step process where applicants first submit a brief Expression of Interest (EOI). If you are asked to provide a RFP, we will send the application to you. Once submitted, the RFPs are reviewed by our Advisory Panel. All funded projects will be announced in December each year, commencing December 2014. This stepped process is designed to be as simple as possible, and to reduce the substantial burden of a full application process. See our Frequently Asked Questions for further information. Before submitting your EOI… Before you fill in the EOI, please take a minute to ensure your organisation is eligible by checking it against what types of projects we fund, and our eligibility and assessment criteria. What we fund Size of Grants Key Dates

L’isolation écoresponsable selon les étudiants de l’école d’architecture de Lille Galerie Architecture en Wallonie : le centre Keramis 15/12/2015 Réalisations A l’occasion de l’exposition « entrer : », qui se tient jusqu’au 12 janvier 2016 au Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris, la rédaction d’AMC vous propose de compléter ce panorama sur l’architecture wallonne par la […] Prix W 2016 : l’appel à candidatures de la fondation Wilmotte est ouvert 15/12/2015 Concours Pour la 7e édition du Prix W, concours qui s’adresse aux étudiants et jeunes diplômés des écoles d’architecture en Europe, la fondation Wilmotte propose de concevoir un lieu festif et iconique au Pondorly, bâtiment pont marquant la porte d’entrée Sud de Paris. Assemble, des architectes lauréats du Turner Prize […] 14/12/2015 Actualités C’est une première : le Turner Prize 2015, prestigieuse récompense d’art contemporain décernée outre-Manche par la Tate Gallery, a été attribué à des architectes, le collectif londonien […] Appel à projets : boarding 2016, nouvelles manières d’habiter le monde 11/12/2015 Concours

Space Makers Agency Designing Collaboration: New Platform Helps Global Problem-Solvers Share Stories | Poverty on GOOD Social media and other digital platforms have enabled the world's problem-solvers to connect and share solutions like never before. While much of that collaboration is diffuse, spread out across a multitude of websites, blogs, and social networking sites, a new platform designed by Ideo.org (the design consultancy's nonprofit arm) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to bring tips, ideas, and strategies together into one toolkit and discussion platform for people fighting poverty around the world. The effort is called HCD Connect, and it's designed to open up the field of human-centered design—a technique that uses close listening, empathy, and observation to design solutions for people in extreme poverty—to anyone who needs it. The toolkit is available in hard copy for $21.99 or as a free download. Image courtesy of IDEO.org; Found by hillaryrose

Le Chat De Mon Voisin | La vérité sort de la bouche des chats ! The Grow Forum Welcome! This is your first step toward participating in The Grow Forum. This social platform has been created by Growcology specifically for Eco-Preneurs and individuals committed to supporting sustainable initiatives. The Grow Forum is a place where you can showcase your developing projects, receive helpful feedback from The Grow Forum Community, participate in the Eco-Games, and connect directly with donors and philanthropists. The Grow Forum embraces a collaborative and supportive environment all the while seeing that each of our participants receive the feedback necessary to launch truly sustainable legacies. Get started today by joining one of our groups. Read and learn more about our Eco-Games and join the competition! Start a forum topic or comment on someone else’s. Make status updates to your friends and more with posts, images, videos and links. Our first Eco-Game is to be held from April to September 2014!

"Expert en réemploi, une nouvelle mission pour les architectes", par Julie Benoit, association Bellastock* Invitée par la ville de l’Île-Saint-Denis (93) à participer au chantier d’un futur écoquartier, l’association Bellastock développe une filière de réemploi in situ pour valoriser les vestiges industriels du lieu dans le projet de construction. Depuis 2008, l’Union européenne engage ses Etats membres à plus de contrôle des déchets, de leur production à leur élimination, en mettant l’accent sur leur recyclage. Parmi les objectifs fixés pour 2020 : la valorisation de 70 % de ceux issus du BTP*. En France, il est difficile de considérer autrement que comme un déchet la matière déconstruite, d’en assurer la traçabilité et de la certifier pour une seconde vie. ACTlab, Bellastock, Île-Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis). ACTlab, Bellastock, Ile-Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis). Le montage d’une filière de réemploi in situ impose une grande concertation entre les commanditaires, les prescripteurs et les opérateurs des chantiers. Le gisement de matière découle de la typologie du chantier.

Burning Man and the Metropolis Essay: Nate Berg "Intersection," installation by James Reagant and Charles Fields, 2010. [photo by MadeIn1953 via Flickr] It's not exactly the ideal place to build a city. But year after year in late summer, a small city rises on this ancient lakebed in the Black Rock Desert, in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. Summer 2010On the first night of the most recent Burning Man, Monday August 30, it is 11 p.m. before I get through the lines at the entrance gates. The next morning, my tent is an oven, so I escape out into the sun and the surreal. Top: Burning Man center camp, 2010. At its core, Burning Man is an artistic event. Burning Man is the sort of place where a man in a monkey suit will drive past in a motorized banana and a naked baby boomer with a megaphone will offer you a vodka tonic as you walk down a dirt street. That this city can exist without major catastrophe is due in large part to the organizational skills of its government. Left: The Man, 2010. Black Rock City, 2005.

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