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Mr. TOD

The Tale of Mr. TOD Once upon a time, Mr. Tod arrived in New York. And the rest was not yet history. The tale is still, obviously, unfolding. Will Mr. Tod be able to create mobile, accessible, and affordable neighborhoods? Or will Mr. Tod only support luxury? Mr. Tod, of course, is Mr. Transit-Oriented Development. He’s more and more popular these […]

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From the "Made in Brownsville" website

The Other Brownsville

When I searched the New York Times website recently for “Brownsville” (the one in Brooklyn, not the one in Texas), the first few search results were as follows: 16-Year-Old Is Fatally Shot on His Way Home from a Party in Brownsville New York City’s Optimistic Tone Feels Out of Reach in Brownsville Brownsville, Brooklyn, Is […]

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An aerial view of Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, built between 1650 and 1658.

Historic Delhi

The following is an excerpt from H. K. Kaul’s Historic Delhi, An anthology   published by Oxford University Press, 1985.  http://designscene.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/old-photos-of-india/ The city is known to be more than 3,000 years old.  Around 1450 B.C. a forested area on the right bank of River Yamuna  was chosen as the site of Indraprastha by a Pandava king mentioned in Mahabharata.  It is […]

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A Perspective on Neighborhood Change: Crown Heights

For the last supper we each ordered our own plate, five sides for $8.50. I ordered double kabocha squash because it’s my very favorite, accompanied with okra, collards, and chickpea stew. He chose a platter of mock meats. Imhotep’s, a Jamaican vegan spot on Nostrand in Crown Heights. It was our go-to for a hearty […]

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Taksim Square Proposal

Taksim Square: Istanbul Residents vs Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

  This is our second post about Taksim Square. For city planners and architects looking in from the outside there are two issues; 1) what are the merits of the development proposals for Taksim Square; and 2) did Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality consult civic groups and organizations representing business owners and residents of the area before commencing construction?  The  answer to both questions is a […]

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EVENT: 5/11/13 Bike the Branches

What: Bike the Branches (Registration is now open!) When:  Saturday, May 11 (Rain Date: Sat., May 18), 2013 10am – 5pm : Bike Ride 5pm – 7pm : Finish Line Celebration Where: All 60 Branches (choose your own route), ending at Central Library For Whom: Bikers, Brooklynites & Library Lovers of all ages Cost: Adults $20 […]

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Friday Blogroll – January 18th 2013

The Friday blogroll wrap-up. A list of websites and blogs I like this week: 1) The Accessible City blog  

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Reimagining Vacant Space: Justin Moore receives ioby’s 2012 award

ioby’s 2012 Heroes in Our Backyards: Reimagining Vacant Space from ioby on Vimeo. Justin Moore was awarded ioby’s 2012 the Heroes In Our Backyards award.  He was chosen for his work on behalf of a neighborhood gardening project Urban Patch in his home town, the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis.  Every year, ioby awards project leaders that exemplify the ioby spirit of community activism.  In […]

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Public Art

The phenomena of art being created and displayed in public places like airports, train stations, entrances to public buildings whose sole purpose is for people to enjoy is quite new. Art in the public sphere has always existed; for more than three millennia obelisks or triumphal arches were built in public squares as monuments to the rulers. In the Middle Ages, temples and churches were […]

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Central Brooklyn Cognitive Bike Map, 2012

Cognitive Mapping: Central Brooklyn Bicycle Map

This is probably one of the hardest posts I have yet to write (well, draw). Cognitive mapping, or drawing what your brain sees, is something we talk about sometimes around our blog table. How do we see the world around us, and how does that differ from other people’s perspectives? How does this translate into […]

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