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UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation

The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment.

New index examines livability

AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.

Seaside Writers Conference

The Seaside Institute is teaming up with other non-profit organizations in Seaside to sponsor the Seaside Writers Conference from May 11-17. The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, on day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events. A limited number of affordable places to stay are available for registrants in the Seaside Academic Village.

Bringing new life to Old Town

Old Town Burleson, Texas, has many opportunities for placemaking and new pedestrian-oriented development that could enhance the identity of the suburb 10 miles south of Fort Worth, according to a new urban team led by Mithun|Solomon.

Anchor a revitalization with an arts plaza

Torti Gallas and Partners led a CNU "Legacy Charrette" team that recommended streetscape improvements and other pedestrian enhancements throughout the Six Points Urban Village.

Upcoming programs at the Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute is offering a series of Arts & Architecture related
classes this spring. Architectural Photography with Steven Brooke, Plein
Air painting with Kathie Odom and an intensive drawing class with Brian
Bomeisler. A limited number of affordable places to stay are available for
registrants in the Seaside Academic Village.

We’re all complicit in change. So now what?

Once we acknowledge our own culpability in inevitable change, the more we can work together to address it — towards the greatest possible benefit for the most people.

Suburbs of survival, and the Democracy of placemaking

"Sustainable placemaking concepts must not be limited to downtown areas. There are clear health and economic benefits from building services into suburban neighborhoods."

A new village wins Community of the Year

The Village of Providence, a remarkable project that was named the National Association of Homebuilders' Community of the Year for 2014, also launched my career in New Urbanism.
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