101 small ways you can improve your city

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Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. At Curbed, we know the power of a vegetable garden planted in a vacant lot or a library installed on a sidewalk. For Micro Week, we want to share 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places.

Source: Curbed

Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing

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life in a subdivision cul-de-sac keeps children from exploring and becoming conversant with the wider world around them, because it tethers their social lives and activities to their busy parents’ willingness to drive them somewhere. There’s literally nowhere for them to go. The spontaneity of childhood in the courtyard, on the street, or in the square gives way to the managed, curated, prearranged “play-date.” Small wonder that kids retreat within the four walls of their house and lead increasingly electronic lives.

Source: Quartz

A Look at Zaha Hadid’s Greatest Hits

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Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid passed away this morning at age 65, after a truly groundbreaking career. Hadid was the first woman architect to win the field’s highest award, the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and in 2015, she became the first woman architect to be receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. Beyond all of these honors, Hadid’s legacy will moreover live on in her bold, eye-popping works.

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The 9 guidelines for the design of London Tube stations

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Transport for London recently released a document called the London Underground Station Design Idiom, a guide to the design aesthetic of Tube stations. After an introductory chapter called “A manifesto for good design”, the document offers nine main guidelines for how Underground stations should be designed

[Source: Kottke]