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Urban Studies

Public Pianos, Vandalism & the Metrics of Hope (or, How to Win 99% of Bets)

Camille Zamora | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Camille Zamora

There is much discussion in nonprofit-land these days about how we measure impact. To that end, how do we leverage the success metric of Sing for Hope Pianos placed in "at-risk" neighborhoods? Over 99% of these beautiful artist-designed pianos emerge not only un-vandalized, but having uplifted spirits on a broad scale.

Mining the States of City Minds: 4

John O'Kane | Posted 04.06.2016 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

In "Mining the States of City Minds," a recent blog, I introduced my approach to experiencing the texture of city life in Venice, California and writi...

'We Hope To Break Open The Otherwise Rather Dry Discourse'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.04.2013 | Arts

Former Guggenheim curator and present Val Alen Institute director David van der Leer was a recent juror for the Architizer A+ Awards. Here's what the ...

Americans Are Protesting, But What Stops Full-Scale Rioting?

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Jake Blumgart

Michael Katz's Why Don't American Cities Burn? is both a crushing reminder of seemingly intractable problems that still face American cities and an exploration of why things aren't worse.

Village Green: What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Some cities that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities" lists. And people fall in love with them, and in them, in part because they are so conducive to nourishing the human spirit.