by Caitlin Blanchfield • March 13th, 2013
In the first in a series of profiles of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts, Caitlin Blanchfield reports on how a robust network of community-based groups in Corona, Queens, has put local cultural vitality and institutional partnerships to work in reclaiming a public space for neighborhood use.
Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, of SLO Architecture, discuss the power of long-term community engagement, their proposal for an abandoned train station, and the potential of a long neglected river to connect the Bronx and the entire city.
by Urban Omnibus • December 5th, 2012
An artist, community organizer, and social entrepreneur discusses museum-community partnerships, crowdfunding public art, and emerging trends in socially engaged creative projects.
by Shin-pei Tsay • September 26th, 2012
Shin-pei Tsay calls on urbanists to better communicate the crucial role cities can play in addressing the global challenges of climate change.
The Omnibus Roundup – EDC Violations, Transportation Bill Decisions, Playground Designs, Boardwalk Remnants, Neighborland Ideas and a Bronx Greenway
by Urban Omnibus • July 6th, 2012
NOT-FOR-LOBBY The Economic Development Corporation has spearheaded Mayor Bloomberg’s highest profile economic and public works initiatives over the past decade....
Shin-pei Tsay describes how a group of volunteer urban planners collaborated to help local stakeholders argue for road safety improvements to Queens Boulevard and to redefine how planners can engage directly with communities.
by Urban Omnibus • December 13th, 2011
Before Urban Omnibus went live, we co-hosted a weekend-long event that invited teams to design a project in the public interest and build it from found materials in two days. The event was led by Bryan Bell, on the occasion of the launch of his 2008 book Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, which surveys the field of "creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good." Bell, founder of Design Corps and co-founder of SEED, has been working towards a better understanding...