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The Guardian / August 16, 2018

Green space in every schoolyard: the plan to cool Paris

Facing an increasing number of days with extreme heat, Paris is moving forward with a plan to transform concrete schoolyards across the city into green spaces. These playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial?

CityLab / August 3, 2018

Augmented reality is transforming tech. What can it do for cities?

As cities look for better ways to use the troves of new data at their disposal, augmented reality offers a new way of bringing this data to life. This technology has a unique capacity to make community planning processes more accessible.

CityLab / August 2, 2018

Fake riverbanks turn a Chicago canal ‘wild’

Led by Urban Rivers, the Wild Mile is an initiative to transform the steel-walled North Branch Canal of the Chicago River into a lush wildlife haven. Urban Rivers envisions a mile-long floating eco-park, featuring floating gardens, forests, wetlands, public walkways, and kayak access points.

Fast Company / July 13, 2018

This brand lets you help save the U.S. national parks

Parks Project launched four years ago as a social enterprise specifically geared at funding much-needed national parks maintenance. Each purchase of a Parks Project item funds a specific backlogged maintenance project, identified by one of the 30 parks conservancies that have partnered with the company so far.

Next City / July 13, 2018

Seattle requiring developers to engage communities at earlier project phases

Seattle’s new regulations will require developers to begin community outreach at the very first stage of the review process. This requirement is intended to help developers better understand the local context and hear community interests and concerns related to their project from the start.

Curbed / June 21, 2018

20 things cities can do to boost the quality of public life

Today, the Center for Active Design and the Knight Foundation announced the release of the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities.