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7 Best-Practices of Urbanism Acting Social

  by Valentin Schipfer As you know my blog entries regularly deal with social innovations being realized in bottom-up co-operational projects between Northern institutions and informal urban settlements in Southern countries. Vivid examples are the Bicycle Empowerment Network in Namibia’s … Continue reading

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Crowdfunded Urbanism – Breaking new ground in civic participation.

by Valentin Schipfer To be honest, I have never parted with Euros for any crowdfunding project until today. I suppose ideas on http://www.kickstarter.com , http://www.indiegogo.com or similar platforms have not yet convinced me enough. Probably I did not enthuse and … Continue reading

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Has Austria become a case for the psychoanalyst?

by Valentin Schipfer What does a nation stand for? A question almost as hard to answer as the most fundamental question about the meaning of life. On behalf of Austria’s Federal Ministry of Economy the policy consultant Simon Anholt from Great … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit. On the atlanticcities.com by Sarah Goodyear

After nearly five years of planning, a large-scale attempt to turn a big chunk of Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. The purchase of more than 1,500 vacant city-owned lots on the city’s lower east side – a … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: 5000 Payphones Relive New York City’s Gritty 90s. On popupcity.net by Daniel Rotsztain

“The popular image of New York City today is of a shiny global capital — a sleek and modern, 24-hour city with a booming economy and internationally influential art and design scene. How quickly the world has forgotten New York’s gritty … Continue reading

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Superkilen: Putting an urbanistic soul into Copenhagen’s problem child

by Valentin Schipfer Together with ideas from 62 different nations Copenhagen turned a former undefined, urban strip into a vivid, permanent, open-air exhibition. Where riots got out of hand in recent years, youngsters play basketball alongside elderly chess players now. … Continue reading

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An entrepreneurial journey on European bikes from African flying toilets to Indian block parties.

by Valentin Schipfer Who can’t stand reading nor hearing nor watching something about the Eurozone crisis no more – except me? I don’t think that I am alone with that. Newspapers, TV, internet blogs and all other types of media … Continue reading

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Guerilla Tactics vs. Boredom and Stupidity!

by Valentin Schipfer Did you know that some years ago the megalopolis São Paulo in Brazil had banned commercial advertising in the city? Since stone-age cave-painting we know, there has always been kind of a natural urge of humanity for … Continue reading

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From Augmented to Integrated Urban Realities

by Valentin Schipfer When I blogged about augmented reality apps more than a year ago, I’ve already thought that our society was finally entering futuristic, sci-fi realities. This entry will show you that I was wrong, that my assumption was … Continue reading

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Second Hand Spaces – Recylcling Sites Undergoing Urban Transformation

by Valentin Schipfer It all began at Vienna’s Ur3anize! Festival which lasted for a week in October this year. There I attended an evening discussion on temporary use of abandoned or vacant urban spaces. The two guys and discussants from … Continue reading

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