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Julia Migné

8 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Making fashion sustainable requires a shift in the culture of the industry. Several brands and organizations are already working to change the unethical and unsustainable practices in fashion. From mobilizing hashtags...

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Ben Paynter

27 March 2019

United States

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The stock photo community is taking steps to offer more diverse options with a partnership by Getty Images, Dove, and GirlGaze to produce 5,000 newly available photographs of 179 women from 39 countries. The photos ar...

The Washington Post

Max Blau

26 March 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Contextualizing artistic representations creates more complex narratives and offers an opportunity to educate about historical memory. The Atlanta History Center has opened an exhibition that illuminates the absence o...

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Gregory Scruggs

25 March 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Publicly-owned galleries can provide an open, inclusive space for both artists and the community. In Seattle, the Office of Arts and Culture renovated the disused third floor of the King Street Station, turning it int...

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Jake Kincaid

5 March 2019

Medellin, Colombia

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In one of Colombia’s most violent neighborhoods, Comuna 13, lives Agro Arte, a garden and community outreach center. The center works with local residents to turn places of violence into green spaces, dedicating new p...

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Sarah Holder

4 March 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Gallaudet University has interior design and architecture built with the needs and preferences of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in mind. By analyzing the effects of lighting, color, space, and other design pr...

Yes! Magazine

Stacey McKenna

28 February 2019

Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

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Artistic collaboration transcends political barriers and can foster a transnational identity. On the US-Mexico border, initiatives like the Dreams Across Borders project, initiated by the Mexican Consulate, and the Bo...

Forbes

Amy Feldman

26 February 2019

Planegg, Germany

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Bringing in bio-manufactured materials can make existing commercial supply chains more sustainable. The German company AMSilk has created a plastic-free alternative to synthetic and farmed silk. By growing biodegradab...

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Emily Nonko

12 February 2019

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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In the midst of heated debates surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments in Richmond, Virginia, a partnership between a university design collective and a community nonprofit welcomed student suggestions to kee...

Borderless Magazine

Sehar Sufi

25 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Blue Tin Production Co-operative taps into the sewing talents of immigrant and refugee women in Chicago by offering a living wage to produce work for designers and eventually their own clothing line. The program also ...

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Maria de la Guardia

15 January 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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In a mountain village in the north of India, a women’s knitting group formed five years ago to help women reach for financial independence. The group ended up breaking stereotypes, building confidence, and creating li...

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Parija Kavilanz

9 January 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Founded on addressing the lack of properly fitted workwear for women in the labor industry, SeeHerWork sells designed and tested products like gloves, safety vests, and backpacks specifically for women. In doing so, t...

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Dorothy Hernandez

18 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Artists around Detroit take steps to preserve historic landmarks and incorporate community input into the urban planning process. While the city is drastically changing, activists are slowly preserving places like mus...

Bloomberg CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

13 December 2018

Trondheim, Norway

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Powerhouse, a collective of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers based in Oslo, reimagines building design to address climate change. Not only are many of their structures energy-neutral, but they a...

Washington City Paper

Adrianna Smith

13 December 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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On one floor of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., the NonStop Art Makerspace has made creativity more accessible. The makerspace was a group effort between Capital One, the Community Preservation and...

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Danielle Preiss

8 December 2018

Varanasi, India

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A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ...

Hyperallergic

Emily Wilson

30 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Installed throughout Oakland, Rosten Woo’s sculptures consist of bells that chime at quicker frequency the more particulate is present in the air. Through this means, Woo make air quality data visible and pushes for e...

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Sara Rose Sharp

27 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Ghana ThinkTank connects planners in the so-called “first world” to planners in the so-called “third world” to challenge notions of development and spread ideas from overlooked sources. For a recent project, plann...

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Deepa Padmanaban

25 November 2018

Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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A social entrepreneur in India is taking plastic waste and using it to make housing structures. Prashanth Lingam takes the waste and turns it into roofing sheets, tiles, and other objects. For example, he built a hous...

100 Days in Appalachia

Sara Schonhardt

19 November 2018

Corning, Ohio, United States

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In Ohio, artists and scientists are teaming up, turning hazardous mine run-off into paint pigment. High demand for such pigment, public funding, and enthusiasm for clean waterways could go a long way to mitigate water...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Mikaela Lefrak

15 November 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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To combat the challenges of finding art studio space as well as childcare, an experimental program in Washington, D.C. provides space to artists alongside childcare on site. The “Artist Mother Studio” is a pilot progr...

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Lauren Greenawalt

9 November 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When local policy initiatives fail, it is often because they are not meeting local needs in a way that residents want. The Boston Housing Innovation Lab, know as the iLab, seeks to combat this challenge. So far, it ha...

The New York Times

Laura Holson

8 November 2018

United States

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In the midst of a seemingly increasingly divided political and racial landscape, some artists of color are pushing back to create art that represents their own non-White communities. Some artists have chosen to do thi...

Bloomberg CityLab

Tim Querengesser

7 November 2018

Calgary, Canada

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In Calgary, the new Central Library does more than just provide a beautiful space in which to read books. It also provides a place to access technology and acts as a connection space between the more and less affluent...

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Casey Lesser

1 November 2018

Ottawa, Canada

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Diversion murals—trompe l’oeil paintings on doorways—are being used in long-term care facilities to quell dementia patients’ exit seeking behavior. Rather than using stop signs or tape, the murals are a way to address...

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