Street Makeovers Put New Spin on the Block - Miller-McCune How community activists are taking city planning into their own hands and creating pedestrian-friendly blocks via pop-up urbanism. The recession may have robbed city governments of the wherewithal to enhance public places. But some undaunted architects, planners, and community activists are trying urban design experiments that are deliberately cheap, temporary, and unofficial.
Three tips for escaping the creativity peloton without giving up on collaboration Image credits: opensource.com If you've ever watched a road bike race like the Tour de France, you know the peloton is the big group of riders that cluster together during the race to reduce drag. It's a great example of collaboration in action. But let's face it: the people in the middle of the peloton may go faster than they would otherwise, but they don't win the race.
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Complex adaptive system They are complex in that they are dynamic networks of interactions, and their relationships are not aggregations of the individual static entities. They are adaptive in that the individual and collective behavior mutate and self-organize corresponding to the change-initiating micro-event or collection of events. Overview The term complex adaptive systems, or complexity science, is often used to describe the loosely organized academic field that has grown up around the study of such systems. Complexity science is not a single theory— it encompasses more than one theoretical framework and is highly interdisciplinary, seeking the answers to some fundamental questions about living, adaptable, changeable systems.
Adaptable Suburbs A study of the relationship between networks of human activity and the changing form of urban and suburban centres through time The project closing conference will take place on 28 April 2014. If you wish to attend please go to our Closing Conference page for further information. The UK’s suburbs are overlooked and poorly understood. Building platforms for creativity: Eight principles During last year I wrote a journal article which was an attempt to draw upon the experience of working in collaboration with three different media organisations, and to extract some conclusions from that work. The organisations were the BBC (the well-known public service media organization), S4C (the smaller Welsh-language public service broadcaster), and the LEGO Group (the international producer of construction toys and learning tools). Each collaboration was concerned, in some way, with the production of a digital platform which would enable people to contribute their own creative expressions within a structured environment. Traditionally the flow of written-down knowledge is – or is supposed to be – from university research expertise (as captured in research publications) to the work that one might do, subsequently, with ‘industry’. (In higher education jargon, ‘industry’ can mean any kinds of companies, non-commercial organisations, and even governments, or charities).
Icebreaker Games – The Ball Game If you’re looking for classic icebreaker games, the ball game is for you. This icebreaker game has been around forever and works well with both large and small groups. How to Play the Ball Game How do I contribute to the informal education homepage? The site is run on a not-for-profit basis. We are part of the British Library archiving project and a number of the pages are included on the UNESCO/NCVER voced database and on SOSIG (the Social Science Information Gateway). If you have something that you want to write or submit, or wish to select something to work on from our wish list, we’d like to hear from you. Its best to contact us before you get a long way into it – there may be someone else also working on a similar subject area. As you will have probably gathered we run the page on a shoestring – so any work has to be done for love.
Suburban scenarios « placeblog I’ve been thinking about suburban narratives and the kinds of images, scenarios and stories that emerge. Australia calls itself an urban nation but it’s more appropriate to recognise it as a suburban nation – 80% of us live in suburbs – even post-suburban. Various ideas emerging in the face of population growth and climate change such as: Slumburbia (crisis, displacement, another cycle of flight)Repair and retrofit (urbanise, localise, infill, pedestrianise etc)Suburbia 2.0 (teleworking, technology parks. mobility etc)Edible/Green suburbs (permaculture, agriculture, forest)Global suburb (a relationship to the global city and the global slum, cultural diversity/ethnoburb)Civic suburbs (shared space, social/cultural capital, citizenship, governance) I’m keen to flesh these out.