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There's a Difference between Tactical and Shortsighted

As streets close to car traffic and cycling surges, SLO Architecture argues that the infrastructure for more just and accessible urban mobilities can already be found beneath our feet.

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Everyone Has Something to Give, Everyone Has Something That They Need

With so many New Yorkers sick, out-of-work, and risking arrest at the front lines of protests, Crown Heights Mutual Aid has been pooling human and economic resources to help their neighbors-in-need. We hear from some of the group's members about the city's rapidly evolving landscape of care, the importance of staying local, and the challenges of being in it for the long haul.

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What People Need and What the Stock Provides

Sarah Watson of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council talks about crafting policy at the intersection of public health and private home, and the urgency to build and adapt dwellings that reflect how New Yorkers live — alone or together.

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The World Inverted

Kate Papacosma takes us on a tour through the expansive meadows and hidden precincts of Prospect Park, reflecting on its importance as a place of healing in a wounded city.

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Making Science Actionable

The Urban Systems Lab talks about overlapping social vulnerabilities to climate change and COVID-19, and their efforts to gather and share the data that matters most in a complex and ever-shifting situation.

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Communications, con Cariño

Greta Byrum of Community Tech NY talks about the importance of grassroots digital networks in keeping people connected during disasters.

Digital Frictions

Accessibility, Augmented

From video-enabled visual interpretation to 3D audio effects, smartphone wayfinding apps have a lot to offer Blind users. But these new features are no substitute for public infrastructure — digital or otherwise — that accounts for nonvisual navigation of the built environment.

Digital Frictions

Radio Past | Radio Future

Live and on-air: dispatches from a community net-worker.

Shelf Life

Do You Remember How It Was?

Residents recall a decade of upheaval in the East New York Oral History Project.

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Tune In: Soundscapes of New York

Composer and acoustician Anne Guthrie explores our fraught relationship with urban sounds and takes us on twelve sonic explorations of the city.

Nowhere but the Bronx: A Trail Marks Cultural History

Casita Maria’s Elaine Delgado and Christine Licata describe the sites, markers, and programs of the South Bronx Culture Trail and pay homage to the area's exceptional cultural history.

Preoccupied with Place, Musician Gabriel Kahane Plays the City

Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane describes the way architecture, literature, and historical research inform his compositions and why he's drawn to storytelling tied to place.

Field Trip: Aqueduct Flea Market

As the massive Flea Market in the north parking lot of the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens closed for the season, there is considerable doubt as to whether it will ever re-open.

Governors Island: Creating Destination Recreation

How do you involve people in a community engagement process when there is no defined community? Leslie Koch, president of GIPEC, tells us how she did it on Governors Island.

Efficiency and Effectiveness: Inside the Regional Assembly

Samir Shah recaps “Innovation and the American Metropolis” and calls for a broad and values-based vision to guide design and planning's use of technology.

Mapping Main Street: Flushing, Queens

Mapping Main Street heads to Flushing for audio-video explorations of Main St. produced by neighborhood students, providing a local snapshot of the nation-wide project.

A Cab Ride with Rachel Abrams

Rachel Abrams breaks down the actors, information and knowledge behind the routine experience of taking a NYC taxi, and explains how design thinking can benefit urban systems.

Manufacturing a Real Economy

Nicole Salazar talks to Adam Friedman, former executive director of NYIRN, about the importance of the manufacturing industry in New York.

Why Grand Central Works

Vishaan Chakrabarti walks through one of the city's favorite spaces. His reflections range from design details to regional economics to the relationship between infrastructure and density.