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And Carry On

When the news feed on your phone explodes with headlines publicizing yet another mass killing, or the attempt of one, anxiety-laced reactions of fear that the bonds of a civil society are fractured and dissolving are not uncommon. Yet while…

Why Does Public Art Matter?

There is research galore that proves we can create new synaptic connections in our brain if we alter the most mundane of our daily tasks even slightly. Cross the street at a different corner than you have done before. Eat breakfast for…

Up and Away

Dancing about architecture may be impossible (or “stupid,” if I want to accurately quote Elvis Costello, who coined the phrase), but “acting” about architecture? As High-Rise, a new film directed by Ben Wheatley and based on J.G. Ballard’s…

Trees in the Public Realm: Staying Alive

Trees make our cities healthier, more resilient, enjoyable and prosperous.  Yet, many new urban trees don’t live longer than 10 years and many opportunities to plant new trees are missed. This session looks at the challenges trees face…