urban spaces

here’s my pipe dream of the future: i have a successful urban design studio and many cities worldwide commission me to collaborate with them to transform underused disfunctional urban spaces into lively, beautiful, verdant and equally accessible public space that improves the quality of life around it in the existing community. bc of this i get to travel all the time for free and when i am gone my 2 grown adopted children (spouse optional) take care of our dogs and cats for me and house sit my modest home in the city, which is decorated well and has calming and easy to look at aesthetics w/ lots of plants.

i’m not posting this on my main blog cause i swear there will people who will steal your dreams or try to sabotage them with bad energy and i am not about to let that happen!!!!!!! i trust yall though so give me positive vibes to envision this and make it happen.

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The number of homeless residents in New York City, the largest city in the United States, reached a record high this month at more than 56,000 people. Halfway around the world, another metropolis recently hit a homeless record of its own: just 1,697 people are currently homeless in Tokyo, also its country’s largest city and the most populated city in the world, a record low since surveys began in 2002.

WOW - 1 per 10,000 people are homeless in Tokyo, Japan. Must be doing something right. | Follow ThinkProgress

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American artist Bill FitzGibbons used thousands of LEDs to transform a dark and dreary underpass located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama into the awesomely bright and colourful space you see here.

The cheerful installation was funded by the Greater Birmingham’s Community Catalyst Fund and the REV Birmingham organization.

Visit Bill FitzGibbons’ website to check out more of his wonderful works of public art.

[via Clutter]

“Take to the streets, the sidewalks, the waterfront, the vacant lots, and residual space – even official city parks.” Campo continues, “The undesigned does not take place in the meeting room or in cyberspace; it is firmly rooted in on-the-ground action. And do not wait for permission; seize the moment and savor the moment when you have it.”

Daniel Campo remembers The Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal and other “spontaneous spaces” in The Accidental Playground(via ‘The Accidental Playground’: Why What We Need in Our Parks Is More Freedom - Sarah Goodyear - The Atlantic Cities)