THE PLACE LAB DIGEST

We share what's good in a weekly round-up of pertinent news, opinion, investigations, and explorations of the arts, architecture, and city-building in Chicago and beyond. Read past issues below, or sign-up for the digest here.


ISSUE #49  • FRIDAY, June 23, 2017

Guest Blogger: Aaron Rose reflects on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series • 10 Vital Programs Receiving NEA Grants This Year • CHA Approves Construction Financing For Logan Square LGBTQ Housing • Urban terrorism isn’t going to stop. Can city planners help reduce its lethal impact? • Gary's Arthouse: A Social Kitchen graduates first class of culinary entrepreneurs • Pilsen's Iconic Casa Aztlan Murals Are Painted Over Ahead Of Apartment Conversion • Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering • For Challenges in U.S. Cities, Steal Ideas, Customize Solutions • 'Disaster waiting to happen': fire expert slams UK tower blocks • As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms • ASU researcher hopes shade-tracking tool will help pedestrians • What to do with dying malls? Readers suggest turning them into artist colonies, parks, apartments, homeless shelters • 2017 Burnham Prize Competition • Where's the Real 'Next Silicon Valley'? • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Gentrification by Loretta Lees


ISSUE #48  • FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

Guest Blogger: Aaron Rose reflects on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series • Garfield Park Art + Industry Expo • Ethical Redevelopment Salon Members Win 2017 Knight Cities Challenge Awards • Two Million for Arts Center • Downtown Gary architectural open house offers glimpse into buildings • How Architecture Is Helping Refugees Find Jobs in Malmo, Sweden • A new window into Wright • 5 Detroit projects win Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge grants • Cultural Appropriation: A Roundtable • Chicago youth jobs report highlights need for better public transit • Tearing Down Homes, Building a Workforce • Church Ruins-to-Garden Project Among National Competition Winners • An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Forest • Surprising benefits from nighttime park programming in LA • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: The Image of the City by Kevin Lync


ISSUE #47  • FRIDAY, June 9, 2017

Guest Blogger Aaron Rose and Salon Member Ashley C. Smith reflect on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series • Garfield Park Art + Industry Expo • ARTHOUSE: A Social Kitchen | Open House • Theaster Gates: Collecting • Chicago buildings named for possible inclusion on list of world's leading cultural sites • Measuring Community Vitality Through the ‘Great Streets’ of Los Angeles • Barcelona embarks on major city greening plan to deal with urban heat islands • Chicago, a City of Segregated Opportunity • Grappling with Authorship and Acceptance in the Pop Art of Roger Brown • Researchers develop new EcoCity model for mitigating urban heat islands • How Indigenous Place-making Can Make Cities Sites of Reconciliation • This artist turned our obsession with abandoned places into a graphic novel • Then They Came for Me, Alphawood Gallery exhibit, looks at racism and xenophobia • Billionaire Philanthropists Are Shaping a New Gilded Age • The Third Wave Fund Is Funding The People Usually Overlooked By Big Philanthropy • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: EVERYTHING SINGS: Maps for a Narrative Atlas by Denis Wood


ISSUE #46  • FRIDAY, June 2, 2017

Guest Blogger: Aaron Rose reflects on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series • Louise Bernard named museum director for future Obama Presidential Center • The U.S. Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History. It Just Walked Away From the Paris Climate Deal. • 68 mayors adopt Paris climate accord after U.S. pulls out • Kara Walker Plans a Public Art Project for New Orleans • Toronto studies how new vertical communities can better accommodate youth • Reducing energy consumption through architecture and urban planning • Chicago Youth Help Decide Where Public Funds Go • Ford Foundation to open Detroit office after 64-year hiatus • When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline • Can contemporary art help revitalize rural America? • Digital Tool Aims to ID Urban Planning’s Winners, Losers • Walker Art Center Delays Opening of Sculpture Garden Following Controversy • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Children's Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care by Roger A. Har


ISSUE #45  • FRIDAY, May 26, 2017

Guest Blogger: Aaron Rose introduces her posts on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series • Ben Carson Calls Poverty a ‘State of Mind,’ Igniting a Backlash • Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, on President Trump’s 2018 Budget • Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City • Inside the 'City of Women' • New Orleans Mayor Defends Removing Confederate Monuments • New real estate crowdfunding site focuses on community development • Samuel G. Roberson Jr., Congo Square Theater director, dies at 34 • Three lessons from the Social Innovation Fund to improve federal grantmaking • Black presences at the Venice Biennale • Lower 9th Ward organization fights blight through gardening • Chicago Programs Aim to Lead Minority Youth to City Planning • A Museum Where Giant Art Has Room to Breathe • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: If Venice Dies by Salvatore Settis


ISSUE #44  • FRIDAY, May 19, 2017

Ethical Redevelopment Principle #9: Platforms • Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future • City of Chicago reveal plans to combine public libraries and housing, and the architects behind them • Racial segregation isn’t just a moral issue—it’s a dire health concern • Inside the Rise of Emotional Design • Philly puts $100M toward city’s free home repair assistance program • Inside Out • As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction • America's Largest Suburb Flirts With Urbanization • A Recipe for Getting Armory Reuse Projects Right • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: A Tale of Three Cities: The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Report by UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy


ISSUE #43  • FRIDAY, May 12, 2017

Ethical Redevelopment Principle #8: Constellations • How to Bring More Artists Into City Planning • This Mother’s Day, Black Lives Matter Activists Will Give More Than 30 Women Their Freedom • A brief visual history of black Muslims in Chicago • Inside N.Y.C.’s Plan To Fight Climate Change Through Architecture • Should Communities Have a Say in How Residents Are Punished for Crime? • The Private Lives of Quasi-Public Agencies • Pokémon Go creator partners with Knight Foundation to promote civic engagement • The Real Problem with Chicago’s Shrinking Population • A Venice Biennale About Art, With the Politics Muted • Poverty, Politics and Profit • How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Wood by William Hal


ISSUE #42  • FRIDAY, May 5, 2017

Ethical Redevelopment Principle #7: Stack, Leverage + Access • Obama Center design: A promising, populist start • Shepard students draw on lessons to design future library • Development Projects Seeking Boards Members • ‘Mayor's Guide to Public Life' offers civic leaders a blueprint for vibrant cities that better serve residents • A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America • Michelle Obama's AIA conference speech urges architects to help cities • 'We'll be left behind': How equity can keep architecture relevant • Uniting in the Commons: Breaking down divides toward more successful cities • How Mass Migration Is Enhancing Europe’s Cities • Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong • The New Suburban Crisis • Zoning's Next Century • How to Survive a Retail Meltdown • Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday, May 6th • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstei


ISSUE #41  • FRIDAY, April 28, 2017

A Portrait of the Stony Island Arts Bank • Survey of 400 Parks Depts. Shows Power of Green Space • On This Block, Worries Run Deeper Than Flint’s Tainted Water • Back in Chicago, Obama Looks to the Future • London will subsidize ‘naked’ homes to aid in housing crisis • Paul Lisnek’s – “Behind the Curtain”: Preserving Chicago architecture and the JFK presidency • The United Cities of America • University provides updates, seeks community input on plans for Arts Block • A Red State’s Arts Blues • The 2017 NLIHC Advocates' Guide • How can we accelerate local code reform? Act more like the Tortoise, less like the Hare • Like Englewood, Bronzeville, Woodlawn gets new grocer: Jewel-Osco • No Small Plans: A graphic novel adventure through Chicago • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: The Lofts of SoHo: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950–1980 (Historical Studies of Urban America) by Aaron Shkuda


ISSUE #40  • FRIDAY, April 21, 2017

THIS IS THE LIFE • Collaboration as constellation of knowledge • Movement Matters: Body Politic • Movement Matters: Body Politic • Confronting Urban Design’s Diversity Crisis With a Return to Black Places • Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas • HPAC, DuSable added to architecture biennial event • Kara Walker's Next Act • Is It Time to Adopt a Less-Is-More Approach to Community Development Block Grants? • Why It Would Be a Mistake to Cut This HUD Program • Migration southward and westward is picking up again • Hip-hop artist, former 'Key & Peele' writer opens Love Taco in Washington Park • By-right proposal for Rogers Park for a small apartment building • What smart planners are reading right now • Five Award-Winning American Artists on How Federal Funds Launched Their Careers • Beyond the 'L' • From our bookshelf:  Neighborhood That Never Changes: Gentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity by Japonica Brown-Saracin


ISSUE #39  • FRIDAY, April 14, 2017

Movement Matters: Body Politic • THIS IS THE LIFE • Better together. • Part 1: Chicago’s “Reverse Migration” Impacts the Black Community • Black Flight: Chicago’s Urban Exodus Meets Racial Resistance • A Young Syrian Architect's Vision for Rebuilding Her Country • Built on Steel, Pittsburgh Now Thrives on Culture • A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains • Indianapolis Land Trust Specializes in Affordable Housing for Artists • Las Vegas now • Will London Fall? • The best — and the worst — of the CTA stations • Understanding Chicago’s vernacular architecture • What smart planners are reading right now • Le Corbusier’s utopian city Chandigarh, and its faded glory, captured in photos • Immigrants seek to own homes in the suburbs • From our bookshelf: The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs


ISSUE #38  • FRIDAY, April 7, 2017

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation • Better together. • Chicago to Take the Spotlight With Ambitious 2018 Art Event • Obamas seek public input for Chicago Presidential Center • Morning Spin: Emanuel, Trump aide to talk infrastructure in D.C. • Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts • Seattle challenges Trump over executive order on 'sanctuary cities' • Trump can’t stop the National Museum of Mexican Art • How Neighborhoods Could Lose If Trump Succeeds in Rolling Back Bank Reforms • How Seattle Is Dismantling a NIMBY Power Structure • The Graphic Designer Who Maps the World's Cities by Smell • Is Vancouver lonelier than most cities or just better about addressing it? • Want solar panels, but can't afford them? Cook County's working to set up co-ops • Who's Following Ben Carson? • When a drug epidemic’s victims are white • The New Jersey Theme Park Where Kids’ Backhoe Dreams Come True • From our bookshelf: The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York by Suleiman Osma


ISSUE #37  • FRIDAY, March 31, 2017

Making Moments • 12 questions we need to prioritize in 2017 • Better together. • Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds • The Cost of Segregation • 2017 Architecture Award Winners • Less is More: Mapping Mies van der Rohe's Career in Chicago • Why The Chicago Housing Authority Failed To Meet Its Mixed-Income Ambitions • Censorship, Not the Painting, Must Go: On Dana Schutz’s Image of Emmett Till • The Faces and Streets of New York’s Chinatown in the 1980s • Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep • Making Good: Shaping Places for People • Seven international artists explore intersection of creative practice and human rights • A First Look at the Proposed 2020 Census • Great idea: Traditional neighborhood development • What smart planners are reading right now • "RRURBAN" Explores the Potential of Individualism in Collective Urban Housing • From our bookshelf: Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City by Mary Pattillo


ISSUE #36  • FRIDAY, March 24, 2017

Investing in People, Investing in Place: Place Lab Salon Convenes Conversation on How to Activate a "Third Space" • Better together. • EPA Cuts ‘Matter of Life and Death’ for Chicago Communities • Why does Donald Trump demonize cities? • With Joyful Photos, a 19-Year-Old Artist Confronts Media Bias Against Black Male Teens • ‘Architecture of Independence’ in Africa’s Fast-Growing Cities • Expo Chicago Talks Series to Address ‘Post-Truth’ Era, Race and Representation, Other Issues • Why affordable housing is essential to our economy • What I learned from traveling every inch of the L in one day • The thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoning is worse than in Flint • Mayor unveils combined public housing, library designs — are they more than pretty pictures? • The Future of 'Hip-Hop Architecture' • Skid Row Artists Brace for Big Changes in Los Angeles • How to Make Urban Highways Vanish • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America by Beryl Satter


ISSUE #35  • FRIDAY, March 17, 2017

Using Discards to Build Art (and Rebuild a City) • Better together. • Trump budget asks for $6 billion in HUD cuts, drops development grants • HUD explained • In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes • Chicago Neighborhood Development Award Winners • Cuts to arts funding could be detrimental to academic achievement • Trump wants to cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups • Meet the Architects Behind Detroit’s Next Act • Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation • Life Practices: At Rootwork Gallery, two artists showcase the day-to-day of Englewood • City of Chicago asks architects to envision future of riverfront • How the Design of Hotel Rooms Makes Housekeepers Invisible • Initiative pledges to get 10,000 Chicago youths back to work or school in 3 years • Trump’s Plan To Gut HUD Threatens America’s Poor • A new public art exhibition shares the stories of women in the building trades • What smart planners are reading right now • It’s complicated: A real estate market without product types • These 80 Programs Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump’s Proposed Budget • From our bookshelf: Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (Marxism and Culture) by Gregory Sholett


ISSUE #35  • FRIDAY, March 10, 2017

‘On some level, I’m just looking for good problems to solve’ • Better together. • Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2017 • Jim Crow home-buying scheme comes back to haunt • Chance The Rapper Tells Rauner To 'Do Your Job,' Donates $1M To Chicago Public Schools • Rauner Memo: Use TIF Funds to Save Chicago Public Schools • The Pinch-Back: Chicago women architects talk mentorship and firm culture • For Kerry James Marshall, the mission is clear: Bring portraits of black life into very white art museums • What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA • Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality • Dying shopping malls are wreaking havoc on suburban America • Why Falling Home Prices Could Be a Good Thing • Black People More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Study Shows • What smart planners are reading right now • Chicago Architecture Biennial announces participants for 2017 edition • Demographic Shifts: Planning for a diverse region • Metro Monitor 2017 Dashboard • From our bookshelf: Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonal
 


ISSUE #34  • FRIDAY, March 3, 2017

Theaster Gates Presents New Body of Work in Solo Exhibition at National Gallery of Art, Washington • Better together. • 16 architects of color speak out about the industry's race problem • Cursing the candle: How should we view the early signs of a turnaround in Detroit? • 5 Key Takeaways From President Trump’s Speech • Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall • Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts? • What Unsettlers Can Teach Us About Building Better Cities • Indy council approves transit tax • The Black/White Oscars Moment That Really Hit Me Last Night • Bringing Detroit's Black Bottom back to (virtual) life • Saving Nina Simone’s Birthplace as an Act of Art and Politics • A World Disorder Doctrine • 34 Poets Of Color Summarize 2017 In Verse • Are Micro-Apartments Innovative Solutions for Cities or Future Slums? • The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World by Jared Green


ISSUE #33  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

An Interview with Salon Member Hunter Franks • Better together. • Firm that shaped national African-American museum hired for Obama museum • Principles for New Federal Infrastructure Investment Policy • How Can Foundations Meet Information Needs? New Lab Seeks Answers • The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center • Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed • Prioritizing Equity in Planning (and Paying for) City Parks • Kickstarting Local Development With Pop-Up Stores • The U.S. doesn’t have enough affordable homes • Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians • AIA expresses ‘deep concern’ about immigration and travel restrictions • Congress Is Making a Bipartisan Push for an Urban Development Tax Credit • Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms Made Accessible to People with Disabilities for First Time • The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A. • From our bookshelf: Renegade Dreams: Living through Injury in Gangland Chicago by Laurence Ralph


ISSUE #32  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

And then? Sustainability Through Arts + Culture • Better together. • A New Cultural Plan for NYC Runs into Objections from Artists • Chicago Alderman Voices Concern About Obama Library • Cooking Up a Food Revolution in Detroit • MacArthur Foundation Picks Eight Projects That Could Change the World • The High Line's Next Balancing Act • Learning the Business Lessons of Hip Hop • Which should we investigate next? • Bootstraps and Silver Spoons: William 'Sandy' Darity on Wealth Accumulation • "Moonlight" Lends Itself Surprisingly Well to Interpretive Dance in this Short Film • Hard Lessons From Chicago’s Public Housing Reform • Four Women Architects to Fix Your All-Male Panel • What smart planners are reading right now • From our bookshelf: Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by  Janette Sadik-Khan and, Seth Solomonow


ISSUE #31  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Place Lab's Nootan Bharani joins Keynote Panel • To Be Young, 'Gifted' And Black, It Helps To Have A Black Teacher • Fair Housing Faces an Uncertain Fate • Mayor Kasim Reed Proposes Arts Tax for Atlanta • W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life • Gentrification: A Perspective from a Long Time Resident • Training, screening of police officers assigned to CPS questioned in new report • The multi-billion-euro exit charge that could sink Brexit talks • What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts? • Denise Scott Brown wins Jane Drew Prize for women in architecture • When Caterpillar Leaves Peoria, What Will Become Of The Town? • What smart planners are reading right now • Art project paints an unflattering picture of urban renewal in Rome • Central India's Ugly Fight for Environmental Justice • Pursuing Alternative Paths in The Name of Design • The Big Reason Whites Are Richer Than Blacks in America • 2017 Venice Biennale List Includes African American Artists Sam Gilliam, Senga Nengudi, and McArthur Binion • The Racial Wealth Gap Is a Policy Problem, Not a Behavior Problem • You Can Now Stream 22 Hard-to-Find Films From Black Cinema’s Earliest Pioneers on Netflix • Two Grocery Brands Help Alleviate Food Deserts On Chicago’s South Side • Show Up. Dive In. Stay at It: How PopVox Can Help You Be More Politically Effective • Travel ban appeal: what's next? • From our bookshelf: Assembling Policy: Transantiago, Human Devices, and the Dream of a World-Class Society by Sebastián Ureta


Ethical Redevelopment Salon • Chiasmus: A Narrative of Ascent • How to Build an Autocracy • Black architects, long underrepresented, are celebrated in a new exhibit • Developers unveil a new plan for Chicago’s long-vacant US Steel South Works site • When Harlem Unemployment Pays for Midtown Luxury • Keeping a Focus on Equity Amid Neighborhood Investment • The forgotten history of Japanese-American designers’ World War II internment • Construction boom exposes labor shortage threatening homebuilding • What will the Obama library bring to the south side? • The Trifecta: Urbanism, architecture, and nature • Spurred by Trump's immigration crackdown, L.A. City Council moves to decriminalize street vending • What smart planners are reading right now • Data Points: Investment in Pullman is paying off • Willis Tower redo makes iconic skyscraper more inviting, less dramatic • New App Connects Minority Entrepreneurs to More Opportunity • From our bookshelf: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

 

ISSUE #30  • FRIDAY, February 3, 2017


ISSUE #29  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

Pedagogy. Place. Liberation. • Donald Trump's Bulldozer Budget • No deal for the arts: It’s no surprise that Donald Trump wants to tell the arts and humanities “you’re fired” • Can Taxpayer-Funded Placemaking Survive Trump? • New Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in Los Angeles • What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike? • FAQS on 'The Hill' Report of a Funding Threat to the NEA • '#BlackArtMatters' exhibit at Carnegie Center • New York's New Design for Public Housing Guidelines Point it Toward the Future • Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive • One Connecticut town swaps a derelict mall for a 14.4-acre, community-centered green space • Chicago can't afford to squander its blues music legacy • In Theaster Gates' latest work, poignant power from the remnants of our history • From our bookshelf: The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind by Claudia Rankine


ISSUE #28  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

An interview with Salon Member Majestic Lane • Promising Developments • Our cities, our politics • Contemporary African art exhibit at the BMA looks at race, privilege and protest • Report: Trump administration planning budget cuts that will eliminate the NEA, NEH • Artists Want Museums To Protest 'Trumpism.' Here's What Chicago's Are Doing • The Detroit Start-Up Helping Women Craft a Path Out of Homelessness • How to Become a Social Impact Designer Without Going (Permanently) Broke • Chicago responds to President Trump • Donald Trump Has Plans To Hit The Ground Running. Here's What He Wants To Do • Trump Nominees Make Clear Plans to Sweep Away Obama Policies • Thank you. • Congress Gutted Researchers' Ability to Study Gun Violence. Now They're Fighting Back. • Inaugural address: Trump's full speech • From our bookshelf: The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli


ISSUE #27  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


ISSUE #26  • FRIDAY, January 6, 2017

Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series: Las Marthas • Community in Practice:
Reflections on Detroit's Urban Speakeasy • Every neighborhood needs an anchor house • Pedagogical Moments: Place Lab's Salons Tell Us What We Can Learn From and With Each Other • From architecture to cultural life: how would you design a city from scratch? • The Case for the Commons • $100,000 In New Public Art To Be Installed In 48th Ward In 2017 • How to Predict Gentrification: Look for Falling Crime • Brooklyn Entrepreneurs Get New Source of Small Business Help • The Best Planning Apps for 2017 • Mapping the Value of Neighborhood 'Character' • Chicago police official leading reform efforts unexpectedly leaves for Oakland • Logan Square landlord and alderman at odds over evictions • The Field Guide to Fences • From Obama Library plans to a riverfront eye-grabber: Architecture to watch for in early 2017 • The Age of Fake Policy • Startup’s ‘Farm From a Box’ kit grows enough food for 150 people • Strategies for an Urban Cultural Life • From our bookshelf: Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good Edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson. & Dominic Willsdon


ISSUE #25  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016

See you next year.


ISSUE #24  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016

40 under 40: Lori Berko recognized as one of the brightest young minds at work for social good • Visit Us. Take a Tour. • Ben Carson’s Warped View of Housing • Tips for Creating a Vibrant Retail Streetscape • Wealth Divides: Exploring the Start Dividing Line Between Rich and Poor in American Cities • Midwest Lender Provides Stability for Nonprofits Facing Rising Rents • Five urban farming projects in Chicago to watch in 2017 • To Tackle Big Urban Issues, This Architect Became A Data Designer • Between Chapters: An Exit Interview with Hamza Walker • Chicago Architecture Foundation announces DiscoverDesign student competition winners • 2016 was the year Chicago finally got serious about police reform • Renée Cox: A Taste of Power • How U.S. Communities Are Adapting to Climate Change • From our bookshelf: Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole


ISSUE #23  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

An Interview with Ciere Boatright • Visit Us. Take a Tour. • What do New Yorkers get when privately-funded public art goes big? • A new film series focuses on the impact of Chicago architecture • Logan's LGBTQ-Friendly Apartment Complex Gets One Step Closer To Approval • The Best Architecture of the Year: 2016 • Using Preservation to Stop Gentrification Before It Starts • The High Line Effect • What will Trump’s sanctuary city threat cost Chicago? • As Loop population booms, South Side's plummets • Young Black Families Move Back To Woodlawn, Reversing Exodus • Open call for participants: IdeasCity Arles • 'Blacknificent Mile' becomes focus on 79th Street • The Worst Design of 2016 Was Also the Most Effective • Nationalism and Its Discontents at Wrocław’s Theatre Olympics • The Nonprofit Overhead Baby and the Bathwater: A Need-to-Know for Boards • From our bookshelf: City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age by Richard Schragger


ISSUE #22  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

Visit Us. Take a Tour • Climate change displacement is becoming the new gentrification—here’s how to stop it • Do urban design guidelines help or hinder growing cities? • Columbia’s Identity Crisis • Why Trump’s Use of the Words ‘Urban Renewal’ Is Scary for Cities • Justice by Algorithm • 5 Housing Experts Weigh In on HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson • The AIA Finally Awards Its Gold Medal to a Black Architect—Posthumously • Chicago to host global mayors’ forum on urban waterfront development • Local documentary web series gives voice to arts community post-election • How Judith Rodin Created A New Model for Philanthropic Funding At The Rockefeller Foundation • Achieving Community: Let’s get real • We Need More Black People Rooting for Tech Entrepreneurs, Not Just Football Players • Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking • Saudi Arabia: Land of Female-Led Social Entrepreneurship? • From our bookshelf: Cities for People by Jan Gehl


ISSUE #21  • FRIDAY, December 2, 2016

Theaster Gates on his unique combination of art, architecture, and entrepreneurship • Ethical Redevelopment Salon • Visit Us. Take a Tour. • Dalek Speaks: James Marshall Discusses The Power Of Public Art • It's Not the Gentrification, It's the Resegregation • Low-income housing doesn’t affect nearby property value, says new study • Curtis Granderson Is a Man on a Generous Mission • Mark Kelly, Chicago's new culture boss, sets his tempo • ‘Hoop Dreams’ amid the game of life • Growing Value through Creative Placemaking • How to get By-Right Zoning right • Futuristic arts and architecture center combines two museums in one • Ma Yansong's Urbanism • City Beautiful? Why Some Chicago Neighborhoods Have Viaduct Art and Others Don't • The Future of Housing Segregation Under Trump • 4 Questions About the Incoming Secretary of Transportation • Counterpoint: Gentrification isn't the rental problem; poverty is • Capsule review: Cultural Value Project Report • Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative • From our bookshelf: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond


ISSUE #20  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016

See you next week.


ISSUE #19  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

ArtHouse Grand Opening • For the People Artist Collective Awarded Grant for Exhibition on Police Violence • Architects continue to denounce AIA, AN has collected outcry here • How can we make sure smart cities benefit everyone? • Juan Gabriel Moreno designs for the underdog • Psychology Researchers Found New Evidence for the 'Broken Windows' Policing Theory • Chicago may be getting solar-powered floating bike paths • Chicago gun violence: the arts respond • Four ideas for strengthening the finances of community development financial institutions • Can your city change your mind? • Group aims to preserve affordable housing on gentrifying Northwest Side • America’s working class has its own culture. And they will fight to keep it. • Parks: Not just for picnics • Latin American And Latinx Artists To Take Over Southern California Art Scene In 2017 • From our bookshelf: Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community by  Donna Walker-Kuhne


ISSUE #18  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016

Pedogical Moments: An Interview with Matt Naimi • ArtHouse Grand Opening • From isolation to interdependence: How Reimagining the Civic Commons is connecting Philadelphia • Creating Community And Art • UrbanLab is combining water infrastructure with architecture to reimagine how cities work • Atlanta Women Are Breaking Business Barriers Together • When a City Stops Arguing About Climate Change and Starts Planning • FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's First 100 Days Action Plan • What U.S. Transportation Policy Could Look Like Under Trump • How will Donald Trump's presidency affect healthcare? 6 hospital executives & physicians respond • Tesla’s Future in Trump’s World • Donald Trump and the Future of Education • What effect the Trump administration will have on the housing market • Meet Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting • From our bookshelf: From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the new Chicago by Rachel Weber


ISSUE #17  • FRIDAY, November 4, 2016

Public Forum on Ethical Redevelopment • ArtHouse Grand Opening • Theaster Gates starts Artisan and Craft Workforce Training Program in Chicago • Coltrane Crumbles: The jazz legend's neglected house in Philly • “Art-Washing”—A New Name for a Not-So-New Side Effect of Gentrification • "Good Planning" is Bad Planning, and "Progressive" is Not Enough: A Response to Peter Marcuse • How SCAD founder Paula Wallace turned old buildings into a new campus • Detroit engages with its community to solve its raw sewage and storm water problem • Urban Forests: What city trees do for us, and what we should do for them • Refugees Could 'Save' America's Rust Belt—Will We Let Them? • U of C's Harris School unit blasts Safe Roads Amendment • Report: Single family home prices near Chicago’s 606 Trail up nearly 50% since 2013 • Food for Thought • When Telling The Story of Changing Neighborhoods Becomes Part of the Story • Real estate innovation by the numbers • What a Theater Means to a Refugee Camp • From our bookshelf: Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks


Ethical Redevelopment Salon Session #2 - The Day in Review • Pedagogy in Action • ArtHouse Grand Opening • A Digital Window Into the Roots of Redlining • Quantifying urban revitalization • Discovering Contemporary African Art, With a Curator as a Guide • The Spectacular Architecture of Early Power Plants • Black World Cinema TV Aims To Combat 'Oscars So White' Complaints • 10 Streets that Define America • AN reports on UN-Habitat’s new agenda to change global urban development • George Lucas' museum designs for L.A. and S.F.: A first look at competing plans • DIY urban planning is happening all over the country. Is it only for white people? • Planning While Black: How cities can design for all • Q&A with Prof. Kerwin Charles on surprises, data and evidence-driven policymaking • ArtHouse uses food to promote Gary's image • What a Theater Means to a Refugee Camp • Want to survive climate change? You'll need a good community • Chicago Housing Authority Gets New Affordable Housing Tool • Geometry Helps You Love And Hate Movie Character • From our bookshelf: Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis by Laurie Winkless

ISSUE #16  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016


ISSUE #15  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016

Pride of Place: Narrative in Historic Preservation • ArtHouse Grand Opening • Motown Museum plans $50 million expansion • Opinion: The predator found anywhere • Ethical Redevelopment • Everything You Need to Know About the Momentous Habitat III • The hip-hop architect on how music and the environment can influence one another • Penn calculates financial toll of blight, violence in Philadelphia • Culture gives cities social and economic power, shows UNESCO report • Habitat III, United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development • PODCAST: Who Is This Restaurant For? • Kerry James Marshall Is Shifting the Color of Art History • Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area' • A not-so-harrowing trip through Chicago’s South Side • Kerry James Marshall in conversation with Theaster Gates • The Barrio’s Inadvertent Starchitect • We Broke Down ArtReview’s Power 100 by Race, Gender, Profession, and Place of Birth • Half a House • Turning Detroit's Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses • Mayor wants to build architectural library gems in CHA housing • 3 bold ideas Chicago should swipe from great cities • From our bookshelf: Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Susan E. Cahan


ISSUE #14  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

Let’s Play: Thoughts on the Intersection of Creativity + Urbanism • Pedagogy + Transformation: Visiting Chicago's Growing Power • Arthouse Grand Opening • Why ethical redevelopment is just an idea — for now • This Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Path Is Powered By The Sun • City of Women • Open House Chicago 2016: 20 must-see sites • The 'Green Book' Was a Travel Guide Just for Black Motorists • Elgin Laundry Building Reuse Study • The Chicago Torture Archive • Actually, Many ‘Inner Cities’ Are Doing Great • New Board Game Is for Activists Who Want to Beat the System • A look at the projects headed to the October meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission • Where My Girls At?: 28+ Opportunities to See and Support the Work of Black Female Artists and Curators This Fall • American Museum of Natural History’s Studio Gang expansion gets the green light • Hilton Als, Jacqueline Stewart, and Michelle Wright Deliver Gems on Art, Life, and Mastry • From our bookshelf: Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture edited by Christie Brown, Julian Stair, and Claire Twomey


Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series: Lord Thing • Arthouse Grand Opening • Q&A with artist Teresita Fernandez • Whole Foods and Marianos: Signs of Economic Progress in Bronzeville, Englewood • Making Gender Equality Central to the New Urban Agenda • The Goldberg variation: High-rise public housing that works • PODCAST SERIES: Talking About Cities • Mexico City designers forging a new path beyond modernism • Why we don't have world class BRT in the US, explained with one picture • 5 ways Americans are making non-traditional homes work • A visual history of social dance in 25 moves • Economic Impact of Chicago’s Repurposed Railways • Preservation key to Detroit neighborhood's revitalization • Where are African-American entrepreneurs? • Judge: Chicago affordable housing rules constitutional; developers' rights not violated, can't sue City Hall • Concrete jungle: A city-planning deck-building game • A New Typology of Global Cities • Creating 'Luke Cage,' the first woke black superhero show • Black superheroes breaking out, but who gets to tell their story? • How to Transform Moscow Into a Just City • Incredible public-space transformations captured by Google Street View • This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children • More details for the massive Union West development • From our bookshelf: Situationist International Anthology by Ken Knabb

ISSUE #13  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016


ISSUE #12  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The Chicago School of Theaster Gates • The Heavy Hand of Early-20th Century Zoning Codes • At the African American Museum – “I Too am America” • Tiny house zoning regulations: What you need to know • Gentrification along Chicago River worries longtime industrial businesses • Marginalized by media: Poster project addresses queer visibility politics • VIDEOS: MacArthur Foundation winners • Making space for dragons: Why Chinese Buildings Have Holes • With increased competition from larger banks, Bank Black movement faces challenges • Intimate Photos Show the Power of the African American Museum • Stung by Critics, St. Louis Museum Will Modify Controversial Exhibition • In the Face of White Male Privilege Run Amok, a Plea for Artistic Responsibility • Italy's 'Cultural Allowance' For Teens Aims To Educate, Counter Extremism • A Smartphone Game that Captures the Futility of 'Work-Life Balance' • Cleveland's Arts and Cultural Community has Helped Cleveland Shine. It's Time Cleveland Did More • From our bookshelf: Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus


Theaster Gates + Place Lab in Akron, OH • Akron's Grand Exchange • Diversified economy cushions Columbus • The right and the wrong of Jane Jacobs • Johnston Marklee named directors of Chicago Architecture Biennial • National Public Housing Museum gets a home • What's new about the New Urban Agenda • Toronto's problem with thinking big • Theaster Gates + the Black Monks of Mississippi • Blueprints for renewal • The rise and fall of community policing in Chicago • Threat to incentives helping save blighted neighborhoods • Chicago traffic deaths, profiling, and overpolicing • Helping Wall Street come closer to Main Street • Report on the values and needs of artists • Designed to Scale: exploring the participatory city • Claudia Rankins on society's state of emergency • From our bookshelf: Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper

ISSUE #11  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016


A look at the Theaster Gates constellation • Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot is moving to Chicago • St. Louis delivering healthcare at train stations • The links between food insecurity and risky teenage behavior • Studio Gang champions reuse for revitalization • Shared confusion over Chicago's shared street • Exploring the Smithsonian's African American Museum • Hamza Walker headed to LAXART • Black Ensemble Theatre's founder receives city honor • EXPO Chicago and what it could mean for the city • HGA wins architectural award for "small houses in trees" • 11 tips for entrepreneurs • Video interview with Theaster Gates for Fondazione Prada • From our bookshelf: The Well-Tempered City by Jonathan F.P. Rose

ISSUE #10  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016


Reimagining the Civic Commons: a national initiative • A peek at what will be in the Lucas museum • Natalie Moore and Isis Ferguson discuss (re)development, gentrification, whitewashing, agency, skepticism, and willingness • Dyett High School for the Arts re-opens following hunger strike • Madison, WI invests in youth employment to address disparities and crime • Night life vs. bureaucracy • BBC News mini-doc about Chicago crime • The White House announces South by South Lawn • Economic recovery for some; disparity in schools • From our bookshelf: Engaging Queenslanders: A guide to community engagement methods and techniques by Queensland Government

ISSUE #9  • FRIDAY, September 9, 2016


ISSUE #8  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

Ethical Redevelopment Salon Session #1 - The Day in Review • A peek at what will be in the Lucas museum • These Neighbors Got Tired of Waiting for Traditional Developers • Atlanta Asks Citizens for Opinions on Development at New Pop-Up Studio • Inclusive Cities: Inclusion equals diversity plus equity • City pitches sale, redevelopment of 18-acre riverfront facility • 6 People We Met In Chatham Tell Us How The Historic Neighborhood Is Changing • Cook County not ‘in the business of saying what is and what is not fine arts,’ according to CFO • Tampa Works on Supporting Minority-Owned Businesses One Day at a Time • Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes • We Are Chicago - Game Teaser Trailer • Is integration worth pursuing? Three lines of argument • Making Sense of Cultural Equity • NEA ranks our arts participation — do the stats mean anything? • From our bookshelf: Why Philadelphia? An essay on the history of the modern civil rights movement in Philadelphia by Matthew J. Countryman


ISSUE #7  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

Isis Ferguson: Urban Innovator of the Week • Theaster Gates + Black Monks head to D.C. • Community networks stemming childhood traumas • Affluent and Black, but still segregated • Balancing public needs and aesthetic appeal on Chicago's lakefront • Bad urban planning and the invention of hip-hop • New museum connects slavery to incarceration • Moms building community in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood • Housing, education drive minority wealth gap • Preserving affordable housing in Chicago • Pedestrian-friendly wish list in Black Metropolis • Kresge Foundation President/CEO on leadership and the future of American cities • Tribute to women who reclaimed city streets • Diversification in tech industry • Documenting a disappearing community • The politics of sidewalk cafés • From our bookshelf: Atlas of Cities by Paul Knox


Home Grown Meal at ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen • Visit us. Take a tour. • How artists made SoHo • Teens in Chicago's Roseland fix up abandoned homes • Build with Strength video about Chicago's modern architecture • Teaching entrepreneurship through hip hop • Place-making in Britain, post Brexit • Federal mortgages & the greater burden on Blacks • Detroit's fast lane/slow lane recovery • Atlanta's westside decide their own heroes • Natalie Y. Moore on setting goals to improve Chicago's south, west sides • What do do about Chicago's vacant corporate campuses • Permanent paths out of poverty • Maintainers, not innovators, make the world turn • From our bookshelf: City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World by Catie Marron

ISSUE #6  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016


Board Up: St. Laurence Unveiled • Visit us. Take a tour. • TOD Housing proposals on South Side • 8 Innovative Chicago projects • Studio Gang: Polis Station • Millennial Trains Project • Cities vs. Predatory Revenue • The City that unpoisoned its pipes • Touring the world's most attractive public housing projects • Affordable housing: preserve what's left • Graham Foundation awards over $400k in design grants • Blah City: the disappearance of great urban spaces • Urban League 10-year plan • Black money, Black-owned banks • From our bookshelf: Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice No. 1

ISSUE #5 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016


ISSUE #4 • FRIDAY, August 5, 2016

Board Up: St. Laurence Unveiling • Talking about racism and unconscious bias • Art Institute of Chicago plans new gallery • Will 'urban renewal' ever end? • Gentrification or Racial Boundaries • Exhibition explores time and scale • Airbnb's foray into urban planning • Designing architecture for the deaf • How artists change the world • Gray Matter Experience gives kids business-building resources • Citizen science and community engagement • IdeasCity Fellows announced • Must an architect build buildings? • Obama Presidential Library (with reading list)


Ethical Redevelopment Salon begins • Board Up: St. Laurence enters process + design phase • AIA/HUD gives award to Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative • Chicago Transportation Authority wins $25 million TIGER grant • Obama Library to be built in Jackson Park, and a very, very brief history of the site selection • Transit-oriented development (TOD) exploration • Teen-collaborative theatre group turns abandoned school into stage • Ontological design, or, What We Design Designs Us

ISSUE #3 • FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016


ISSUE #2 • FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Naomi Davis reflects on the Public Convening for Ethical Redevelopment • Place Lab's Isis Ferguson weighs in on how design can make cities more equitable • Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman converses with CommonEdge.org • Privatization history, impact on democracy examined in four-part series • Jasmin Liang reflects on the right to beauty • Chicago's Old Main Post Office moving forward with development for real this time • Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang in conversation at NYT's Cities for Tomorrow Conference • The powerful role of art in city philanthropy


Issue #1 • Friday, July 15, 2016

Board Up: St. Laurence engages neighborhood youth in design • ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen announces public art challenge winners • The New Yorker ponders if gentrification is really a problem • Cook County Clerk explains TIFs • WTTW documentary on Chicago's South Side • Gary, IN looks for outside help to clear land • Union Station Master Plan partners with UK-based Arup • 30 years, 71 failed ideas to develop Chicago's DuSable Park • Ayana Contreras highlights Gary, IN's soul music history • City mayors identify the 10 most important issues facing cities • Carla Hayden confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress • Police station building designed to serve community • Cathy Cohen discusses GenForward survey of young voters • The Guardian talks with Theaster Gates about his Fondazione Prada exhibition "True Value"