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Keeping it weird in Austin, Texas The brainchild Keeping it weird in Austin, Texas

The brainchild of the  Austin Independent Business Alliance, the Keep Austin Weird campaign is about supporting and promoting small local businesses in the city.

The campaign was so successful in encapsulating the eclectic, tolerant and progressive nature of the city that it transcended the initial slogan and became the positioning for the whole city.

The strength of the positioning is that is really understands what makes Austin unique – that the ability of the city to attract things that are edgy, alternative and marginalised in a conservative state is also its selling point.

Austin is a global centre for live music and creative pursuits of all kinds. By understanding the link between tolerance of difference and creativity, the Keep Austin Weird positioning has helped to celebrate and cement its creative role as a social and economic driver for the city.

The celebration of difference, particularly in relation to unique small businesses, has since been taken up by other cities like Portland, Oregon who can also differentiate themselves in a global market by being a just a little weird.

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The try before you buy approach to urbanism (DOT, The try before you buy approach to urbanism (DOT, New York)

New York’s Department of Transport ongoing tactical approach to implementing large-scale strategic changes remains massively effective.

Since 2012 New York City, the Department of Transportation greatly reduced the space available to cars and turned lanes traffic into parks.
Getting the approvals to permanently make this change would have been a mammoth task so they just painted the roads, and created temporary parks with potted plants & moveable seating. They were able to test radical changes in traffic flow in a low risk fashion & discovered that transit time through the city actually improved with less lanes of traffic along with improvements to public transport access.

New Yorkers love their new parks & the changes in their city so much they’ve been deciding to adopt them and extend the pilot program across Manhattan. ”The alchemy of sustainable streets is part art and part science.”
- Janette Sadik-Khan

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Granville Island’s concrete silo artworks Cycli Granville Island’s concrete silo artworks

Cycling around Vancouver one humid Monday, we were blown away by the scale & imagination of artist’s Os Gemeos’ murals painted on the still-operating concrete factory. We love the idea of turning industrial, highly urban or waste spaces into blank canvases.

This is art as the very fabric of the city.

It’s inspired silo art trails projects around the world from FORMs PUBLIC silo trail in Western Australia and Victoria’s own Silo Art Trail with @juddyroller in Nullawil, Sea Lake, Brim, Patchewollock, Sheep Hills, Rupanyup, Lascelles and Rosebery 
@osgemeos

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Everyone loves a tiny bar from Tigre to Wellington Everyone loves a tiny bar from Tigre to Wellington
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For centuries in Japan, two decades in Melbourne and in the last 5 years in Brisbane, in Sydney, Tigre and cities all over the world are changing licensing laws, zoning and patterns of use to make it easier to open small bars. These bars often cluster together with other interesting offers to create fantastic local destinations

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Then & Now – Sydney 1836 & 2013 We’ve superim Then & Now – Sydney 1836 & 2013

We’ve superimposed a map of Sydney from 1836 over the current google map.

You can see the massive changes to the city and landscape since 1836, and it’s still in flux. Interesting how in comparison Melbourne is quite unchanged. 
Kate went to art school in Sydney, it was the first big city she lived in. Now when she heads back there she’s been known to get lost – but after this little experiment this doesn’t make her feel so bad.

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You’re never too old to swing in Montreal How d You’re never too old to swing in Montreal

How delightful is 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) by Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours in collaboration with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau?

This art installation in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles also functions as a huge interactive instrument. As people swing alongside each other they create melodies & harmonies.

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Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others We love a Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others

We love art interventions. Particularly when the artist tweaks one simple element of a familiar place and in so doing transforms how we see and experience it.

Julian Charriere’s & Julius von Bismarck’s collaboration is like this. 
People wandering the streets of Venice, Copenhagen and Berlin who saw an incredibly vivid feather and wondered what magical bird it could possibly have come from, may find the answer in "Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others". @juliusvonbismarck
@julian.charriere

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I Wish This Was … (Candy Chang) Candy Chang say I Wish This Was … (Candy Chang)

Candy Chang says her work is about making cities more emotional. She follows in the tradition of Gillian Wearing and Rirkrit Tiravanija by collaborating with the whole city to ask ourselves what we really care about.

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Before original Hello City co-founder Sunny Haynes Before original Hello City co-founder Sunny Haynes emigrated to Australia, she visited Michael Blamey’s blog religiously to see the photograph of the day and it has forged an important part of her romance with our city.
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These days you can follow @michaelblamey on instagram for a hit of beautiful photography with his insightful and sometimes wry one-line titles .
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Putting Greg’s Vann’s tweet here in insta beca Putting Greg’s Vann’s tweet here in insta because it’s the best thing that happened to us today. @vanndemon: Happy Easter in COVID times from this post box in Brisbane

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Antanas Mockus’ approach to city policy If only Antanas Mockus’ approach to city policy

If only every city mayor was like Antanas Mockus. In the 90s his effective if unusual policies to improve Bogotá included hiring over 400 mimes to control traffic, showering on TV to inspire water conservation, introducing voluntary additional taxes and women-only nights in the city. “The distribution of knowledge is the key contemporary task. Knowledge empowers people. If people know the rules, and are sensitized by art, humor, and creativity, they are much more likely to accept change.” - Antanas Mockus

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3 Decades plus of The Heidelberg Project For over 3 Decades plus of The Heidelberg Project

For over 3 decades  The Heidelberg Project has made large scale art installations in the urban environment of Detroit’s struggling East Side to give locals a new perspective, address urban blight and bring a little joy and colour.

Created by Tyree Guyton working with his wife, Karen, grandfather Sam Mackey and the neighbourhood kids, the project has transformed the neighbourhood. Initially opposed by the local government, the project is now recognised as a major driver of regeneration.

@heidelbergproj

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Hinky Dink’s Chicago (Bryan Lloyd) . Historian Hinky Dink’s Chicago (Bryan Lloyd) .

Historian Bryan Lloyd has drawn two maps showing the brothels, casinos, saloons and bars of the Levee District in Chicago in the period from 1870-1923.

We’re love the names of the venues – Biff Monroe’s, Hell’s Half Acre, Ike Blooms’, Tucks Olympia, Black & Tan Dive, Big Mauds, Miss Lulus, Ada Dicks’ and apparently the local aldermen of the levee precinct were known as Hinky Dink, Little Mike and Bathhouse John. More info at www.myalcaponemuseum.com

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What Zombies can teach us about the power of the s What Zombies can teach us about the power of the sweet spot.

We’re big believers in the power of the sweet spot, and the advantage of seeking balance over stability.

Derrida has a cool way of thinking about the relationship between the sweet spot and radical change.

The first part of the concept is the idea of the undecidable. Perhaps Derrida’s best example of an undecidable is the zombie (after the classic Romero style). Derrida claims that besides eating brains, the reason that zombies are freaky is because they are undecidable. He points out that no matter how much we try we can’t place a zombie into a nice neat binary category – a zombie is not master or servant, male or female, alive or dead, it’s undecidable. “They show where classificatory order breaks down: they mark the limits of order.” He then goes on to speculate that the reason an undecidable is so unsettling is that most of the structures of our society are based on understanding the world in terms of binary oppositions – right & wrong, black & white, male & female, winner & loser. Because these categories are so fundamental – something that is neither/nor and undecidable and that can’t be easily categorised, no matter how small, serves to shake the foundations of established order.

Undecidables occupy a sweet spot – if of a particularly unsettling kind. When you find the sweet spot between reason & irrationality, love and fear, creativity and structure, ideas & delivery – when you find the spot in the middle of the Venn diagram of life – this is not about compromise or conservative thinking, it’s about finding a point of leverage from which you can affect radical change. “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the Earth with it“
(Attributed to Archimedes)

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Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) If you ever wa Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

If you ever want to make original Hello City co-founder Sunny laugh so hard that she has to lie down on the carpet – just show her this chart.

Allie Brosh’s blog paused for some time after the post entitled ‘Adventures in Depression’ in October 2011. We hoped this was because she was too busy touring the speakers circuit or writing her book and had no time for foolish blogging, but she recently started publishing and shared her experiences with depression.

You can visit Brosh’s blog, or read her book ‘Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened’. It’s not everyone who can write about a topic like depression, make you laugh & also give you powerful insights into an uncomfortable reality.

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Matchbooks + Google Street View = Art (Krista Char Matchbooks + Google Street View = Art (Krista Charles)

Krista Charles’ work explores old and new ways of communication and marketing. She finds old promotional matchbooks, uses Google Streetview to find the business promoted on the matchbook, then she draws the business at that address today on the original matchbook by hand – and then she sells her work on Etsy.

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Postcode 3000: Homes in the City Postcode 3000 wa Postcode 3000: Homes in the City

Postcode 3000 was a coordinated set of initiatives that brought more people to live in the CBD. People living in the CBD and the simple effect of making people stay in the the city on the weekends and the evenings. 
Footpath cafes, small scale bars and retail all started to respond to this activity, which in turn attracted more people into the city. The result has been a city that is bustling day and night, and has a rich array of places to eat, drink, shop and wander about.

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Everything Tidy – tout bien rangé by @armelle.c Everything Tidy – tout bien rangé by @armelle.caron
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Can somebody please buy us the Le Monde Range poster?
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Lovely work – which is also useful as a way to understand the grain size of cities – and how the size of blocks, streets and buildings directly translate into how we experience place, and how we connect with each other.
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Be Citizens Not Consumers - James H. Kunstler & Cl Be Citizens Not Consumers - James H. Kunstler & Clusterfuck Nation
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Kunster’s a straight-talking and hugely entertaining orator from the old school, known for his colourful turn of phrase and direct expression – both can be found in his blog ‘Clusterfuck Nation’. .
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Here he conducts a rigorous analysis of what it is that makes places valuable – and why we keep building places that aren’t worth caring about. .
“We have about 38,000 places that are not worth caring about in the United States today- when we have enough of them, we’re gonna have a nation that’s not worth defending. And I want you to think about that when you think about those young men and women who are over in places like Iraq spilling their blood in the sand, and ask yourself what is their last thought of home? I hope it’s not the curb cut between the Chuck E. Cheese and the Target store! ‘Cause that’s not good enough for Americans to be spilling their blood for. We -  need better places in this country.” .
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Our favourite point is the one he makes at the end – that we need to stop thinking about ourselves as consumers, and start instead to refer to ourselves as citizens with, as Kunstler says “obligations, responsibilities, and duties to {our} fellow human beings.” .
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Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (Bruce Mau) It’ Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (Bruce Mau)

It’s difficult to pick a favourite directive from this incredibly useful guide … but perhaps ours is number 2.

2. Forget about good. 
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

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