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Why Old American Cemeteries Are Showcasing New Art – CityLab

With their long-dead inhabitants remembered only foggily, historic cemeteries like Mount Auburn and Green-Wood use art to connect to the living. Source: Why Old American...

Can D.C.’s Cultural Plan Save City’s Arts Scene? – CityLab

From D.C. to Dallas, cities are drafting documents to help protect their cultural resources from economic changes. But too often, these plans lack teeth. Source:...

Growing Communities Together | Patronicity

Patronicity brings together local citizens and sponsors to support great initiatives in their communities. Source: Growing Communities Together | Patronicity

The Shed Has Big Ambitions for New York City – CityLab

If The Shed remains committed to its lofty goals, Hudson Yards may soon provide real accessibility and a sorely needed sense of inclusion. Source: The...

Rockefeller Foundation Awards $42 Million for New Climate Efforts | News | PND

Source: Rockefeller Foundation Awards $42 Million for New Climate Efforts | News | PND The Rockefeller Foundation has announced grants totaling $42 million to the Adrienne Arsht Center...

Inside the Craze for KAWS: How a New Jersey Graffiti Artist Achieved Art-Market Domination Without Following Any of the Rules | artnet News

Ahead of Art Basel Hong Kong, where the artist is omnipresent, we uncover the forces behind his meteoric rise. Source: Inside the Craze for KAWS:...

The Next Player in the ‘Smart City’ Game: WeWork – CityLab

The co-working startup is hatching plans to deploy data to reimagine urban problems. In the past, it has profiled neighborhoods based on class indicators. Source:...

If Your City Wants Equitable Job Growth, It Has to Zone for It

When it comes to the tension between the global economy and New York City’s local economy, the battle of Amazon gets all the headlines,...

Welcome Spring With This Psychedelic Map of the U.S. in Bloom

Here on the East Coast, it's finally feeling like spring. And the good scientists at the U.S. Forest Service are offering proof of this miracle via the satellite-tracking tool ForWarn—mapping in glorious...

At new seaside park, landscaping becomes the playground

The undulating hills in a new seaside park in Koper, Slovenia, aren’t just pretty landscaping—they’re the infrastructure for the park itself. Slovenian architecture studio Enota...

Van Gogh’s paintings come to life at this incredible art museum. Come take a tour.

Do you remember your last trip to an art museum? If we're talking typical art museum, you probably walked around an expansive but sterile space,...

Atlanta Issues Environmental Impact Bond for Green Infrastructure

For a long time, says Amanda Hallauer, a watershed manager in Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, Proctor Creek was an integral part of the...

More Than 2,500 New York City Subway Cars Are Now Artificial Underwater Reefs. See This Artist’s Remarkable Photos of Them Here

Off the coast of South Carolina, well below sea level, schools of fish swim through an artificial reef provided by an unexpected source: the...

Why the Water Sector Needs More Women Leaders

When Meena Sankaran was growing up in Mumbai, her family had access to water for one hour per day via a water tank. Her...

‘Unprecedented’ U.S. Flood Season Will Imperil Millions, Experts Warn

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The severe flooding in the Midwest...

Decolonial planning in North America

An intersection in Kenora, Ontario Canada. From the documentary Colonization Road directed by Michelle ...

Artificial archipelago: Copenhagen plans floating Silicon Valley

Cities Artificial archipelago: Copenhagen plans floating Silicon Valley Denmark’s...

Why history matters in equitable development planning

The researchers could have led with the numbers — homes purchased, local small businesses assisted, construction worker trainees placed, pounds of fruit and...

New York City comptroller proposes turning the BQE into a truck-only roadway with a park on top

Via Wikimedia Adding another perspective to the many voices who are seeking a solution to the “most challenging project not only in New York...

The inequality of America’s parks and green space

America has grown increasingly unequal, with deepening fissures across and within cities by income, education, and race. And those divides are reflected in our...

This Airline Is Working With the World’s Largest ‘Vertical Farm’ for Fresher In-Flight Meals

In-flight meals that are actually enjoyable are few and far between. In part, that’s because ingredients often need to be shipped hundreds or thousands...

Dive Inside teamlab’s “Universe of Water Particles in the Tank” Exhibition

teamLab continues to elevate its experiential artworks with its new monumental exhibition entitled “Universe of Water Particles in the Tank” at TANK Shanghai museum in...

Why Should Only Wealthy People Get to Donate Art? These Artists Want to Make the 99 Percent Donors, Too

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a big enough deal to donate a work of art to a major museum, artists Jennifer and Kevin...

Disney Hall’s ‘Thought Experiments’: New view of an L.A. landmark through immersive ‘video walk’

So begins “Thought Experiments in F# Minor,” a site-specific, immersive “video walk” installation with 3-D sound by Canadian artist duo Janet Cardiff and George...

The ‘Father of Crop Art’ Has Transformed Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke’s Face Into a Massive Earthwork

If you fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the next few weeks, keep your window shade up. You just might see a gigantic portrait of...

As Museums Fall in Love With ‘Experiences,’ Their Core Missions Face Redefinition

Remember around 10 years ago, when “curate” became the mot du jour, descending from the ivory tower of museums and white-cube galleries to describe...

The Secret Ingredient of Resilient Cities: Culture

An oft-told urban success story is that of Medellín, Colombia. Under Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug lord that inspired the Netflix show Narcos, the...

What Will the Art Gallery of the Future Do? Pace’s Marc Glimcher on the Coming Disruption and Why the ‘Art World Is Not Fair’

Last month, I had the opportunity to talk to Pace Gallery president and CEO Marc Glimcher about where the art industry is headed and...

A Modernist Gas Station With a New Purpose

Most gas stations are architecturally forgettable, but not this one. A squat, unusually minimalist service station on Nuns’ Island—a sector of Montreal that was exclusively...

To Build a Better Bus Lane, Just Paint It

“Red carpet” bus lanes can be a cheap, fast, and effective way to smooth commutes for public transit users and drivers alike.

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