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Bloomberg CityLab

Liz Wolfe

28 June 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Mitigating homelessness on Los Angeles' infamous "Skid Row" comprises myriad obstacles. But a collaboration between city officials, a USC architecture class project, and the Skid Row Housing Trust has responded with a...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

21 June 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, like other cities, there is a shortage of services and housing for homeless youth. One developer is addressing the problem by building permanent supportive housing with comprehensive services for those bet...

The Story Exchange

Colleen DeBaise

Sue Williams

6 June 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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After serving time in prison, finding a job can be a major challenge. Road 22 aims to help. The luxury clothing brand employs eight formerly-incarcerated women and plans to hire more as business grows.

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

2 June 2017

Kapilakot, Sindhuli, Nepal

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After Nepal's 2015 earthquake, many village women were left in financial devastation and struggled to support their families. The earthquake destroyed up to 90% of small enterprises and markets, so the United Nations ...

Billy Penn

Peak Johnson

2 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The mural at Eighth and Callowhill in Philadelphia was created by two formerly incarcerated artists. The work is part of a larger exhibition that brings attention to U.S. criminal justice reform through the artwork of...

Al Jazeera

Gelareh Darabi

25 May 2017

Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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Respiratory diseases caused by air pollution now account for more premature deaths in people worldwide than malaria and HIV combined. To address increasing contamination levels, particularly in cities, scientists have...

The Guardian

Rowan Moore

19 May 2017

Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul’s new Skygarden has succeeded in transforming an old highway into an urban garden meant to connect different parts of the city. It is one aspect of a broader urban revitalization plan that includes the appointme...

Hyperallergic

Yates McKee

17 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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As a hunger strike was taking place among political prisoners in Palestine, the New York City-based project Visibility Sustains the Struggle created art in solidarity with strikers and raised awareness around the issu...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

4 May 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The National Gallery of Art’s “Just Us” program brings seniors with memory loss symptoms to the museum for ‘meditation’ on paintings. Using the paintings as prompts, visitors are encouraged to react to and interpret w...

Temple University

Megan Dorantes

4 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Philadelphia neighborhood hit hard by the opioid crisis, a new space is creating public art that attempts to undo stigmas around substance abuse and create a comfortable space for those in recovery.

PBS NewsHour

Frank Carlson

28 April 2017

Madrid, Spain

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Factum Arte creates replicas of art and artifacts through cutting edge technology and careful detail. These replicas are used to create access, preserve fragile originals, and replace objects that have been destroyed.

Artsy

Rob Sharp

13 April 2017

Warsaw, Poland

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In Poland, artists have used a traditional tool to advocate for and obtain fair compensation: unionizing. While the artists’ union is not officially recognized by the state, it has successfully obtained better pay for...

BBC

Alvaro A. Ricciardelli

8 March 2017

Dehzou, Shandong, China

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Shandong Province in China is burdened with heavy air pollution due to being a hub of coal mining. To create a cleaner energy system, one man created a "city" entirely powered by solar energy, complete with a "solar m...

Bright Magazine

Holly Korbey

8 March 2017

United States

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A growing body of research suggests knitting and crocheting can be used to teach math. It could also be a way to bridge the gap between men and women in the STEM fields, and make the subject more approachable to young...

Model D

Terryn Hall

6 January 2017

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Live6 area is home to a robust cultural and creative community. And with an increase in development, there's opportunity for artists and institutions to tap into that energy to spur growth.

Quartz

Cassie Werber

2 November 2016

Oslo, Norway

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In response to the demographic movement to urban environments, Oslo is redesigning its public spaces in a more organic way. Its focus is to think over the long term at a slow pace and help people become part of the en...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

16 September 2016

San Diego, California, United States

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What can you do to enjoy time with Alzheimer’s patients? A suburb near San Diego has recently opened a new town square with architecture designed to look like it is from the 1950s. The space offers aging baby boomers...

Vox

Johnny Harris

1 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Favelas, what some people might perceive as gang-filled slums surrounding the developed part of Rio de Janeiro, are in fact brimming with creative resilience that demonstrates the ingenuity of people in the face of a ...

The New York Times

Meera Senthilingam

12 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, and is hard to combat. But urban obesity can be countered with inviting streets to stroll, dramatic staircases to climb, parks to exercise in - it’s called “active ...

Hyperallergic

Seph Rodney

6 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Visitors to the Brooklyn Museum can now use the Ask App, a messaging service that provides a way to ask questions and get recommendations about museum holdings in real time from art historians on staff.

NPR

Cheryl Corley

4 May 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Tiny homes are a growing solution to homeless veterans and vulnerable youth, especially those who identify as LGBTQ. But the movement faces challenges from regulations and neighbors across the nation.

Next Avenue

Linda Bernstein

20 April 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Prime Time is a series of programs put on by the Museum of Modern Art for older adults to foster social interaction and the joy of creation. Programming includes lectures, film screenings, and hands on studio classes.

Latino Rebels

Maria Esquinca

30 March 2016

El Paso, Texas, United States

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Equal Voice Network looked at low voter turnout rates in El Paso and decided that just registering voters wasn’t enough. The coalition developed a creative way to increase education and engagement in local issues: a g...

BBC

Neal Razzell

22 March 2016

Nepal

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Can we engineer buildings to prevent collapse in earthquakes? The answer is yes, and the Inquiry dives into how better building design can save more and more lives as urban density increases.

The New York Times

Glenn Rifkin

17 February 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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It's often difficult for the disadvantaged portion of the population to find meaningful and rewarding work. The start-up ArtLifting takes pieces created by homeless and disabled people, finds buyers and shares the pro...

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