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city-building

ArtPrize visits Burning Man

by (kevinbuist)

Submitted 09-29-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Burning Man is an experiment in urban design that is impractical, unsustainable and a little insane- all of of which are precisely what make it so valuable. The 30 year old annual festival is one part rave, one part temporary hippie commune, one...

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Placemaking as hospitality: How can we invite everyone to the table?

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Placemaking was not a word I knew growing up. Even though we weren't using words like placemaking and city-building yet, I was aware of the effects of place pretty early in my life. My family moved several times while I was a child, so I was...

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Love matters: GR Forward speaker says love important factor in city-building

by (Holly)

Submitted 02-03-2015 under NEWS

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. is bringing Peter Kageyama, noted speaker and author on civic engagement and the creative class, to Grand Rapids next Thursday, February 12, for the next in their "Forward Thinking Speaker Series"...

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From the voices of many, one vision emerges

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 12-23-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Kristopher Larson, AICP   Over the past year, I’ve spent a good deal of time speaking to audiences across the country about citizen engagement within the context of city-building. My postulation concludes on the assertion that...

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Own our city: Toronto's Chief Planner shares window into ingredients for civic change

by (Holly)

Submitted 12-01-2014 under NEWS

"You can't participate if you don't know what's going on," says Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and renowned urbanist. "Building understanding is the most important thing you can do if you want to...

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Can art actually save cities?

by (RickBeerhorst)

Submitted 09-30-2013 under OPINION

"Can Art Save Cities" was the title of the ArtPrize panel discussion recently at the Ladies Literary Club. This discussion was between the three guest jurors, Manon Sloan of No Longer Empty, Anne Pasternak of Creative Time and Artist and...

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ArtPrize speaker series to engage questions of urbanism

by (Holly)

Submitted 09-17-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

This year, Artprize is presenting a full roster of events - a speaker series- talking about art and artists, as usual. But this year, the organization chose to center a good portion of the programming around the theme of art and its intersection...

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When building places it's the people who count

by (Mark F. Miller AIA)

Submitted 08-27-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

“To approach a city as if it were an architectural problem is to make the mistake of attempting to substitute art for life. The results are neither life nor art. They are taxidermy.” - Jane Jacobs   As an architect, planner and...

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Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 07-16-2013 under NEWS

Open applications are currently being accepted for citizens interested in being a Certified Tourism Ambassador. The first public class to become a Certified Tourism Ambassodors (CTA) will occur this August 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the...

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GRAM GoSite wants your input

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 07-09-2013 under NEWS

The previous café space of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, centrally located at the doorstep of one of the city's most iconic parks, will soon function as a 21st Century hub of information, welcoming visitors and locals alike to gather downtown and...

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