Inside First Container’s new community space in Detroit! Visit them at 2930 Russell Street, Detroit.
Visualizing Pi, a math mural, set to be unveiled on June 22nd.
All Milwaukee’s a stage.
A small theater company has a major opportunity: Bring free Shakespeare to thousands of people in their city. Optimist Theatre will perform As You Like It in a public park this summer, sharing the joys of Shakespeare in the middle of Milwaukee.
Walk [Your City] 2012.
Walk [Your City], the ever-expanding guerilla signage project, just posted their Year in Review. Pretty incredible that they were able to accomplish all of this in a mere 366 days.
Brick by brick, project by project, Detroit is being quietly rejuvenated by a movement funded by strangers helping residents launch unique ideas to improve overlooked areas of the city.
Georgia on our minds.
Georgia had a great year on Kickstarter. But so did a lot of other places! From Afghanistan to Kentucky, see them all in the Best of Kickstarter 2012.
Two GA-based projects make the Best of Kickstarter 2012!
The little park that could.
Portland’s Two Plum Park is a testament to the strength of a neighborhood.
Once a vacant, overgrown lot, the surrounding community banded together to transform this tiny green space into a city park. Now a local nonprofit is raising funds to install a bench in Two Plum, completing a revitalization that began nearly 15 years ago.
Won’t you be their neighbor? It’s our Project of the Day.
Waldo Jaquith likes to know what his legislators are up to. Problem is, the Virginia General Assembly dosen’t archive their proceedings online — they sell each video for $10 per DVD.
Designing Seaside from scratch.
Seaside, Florida is, by all accounts, a lovely place to live.
The first master-planned community in the United States to reflect the tenets of New Urbanism, Seaside is at once a quiet beach town and a laboratory for creative directions in architecture, urban planning, and community development. Visions of Seaside will serve as the definitive guide to the Seaside project, including drawings and commentary from major collaborators on the town’s design and outlines for the future.
Visions of Seaside explores the potential of an entirely new town as our Project of the Day.
How’s the air up there?
Urban Air is an experimental bamboo forest high above a Los Angeles freeway.
Surrounded by concrete, bad drivers, and worse advertising, the LA commute feels like the ultimate environmental disconnect. Urban Air seeks to subvert that daily alienation — one billboard at a time. The idea is pretty simple: Take disused billboards, remove the commercial facade, and install a living, breathing cloud forest of bamboo.
Time to reclaim the asphalt jungle and score one for the trees — it’s our Project of the Day.
The beach is that way.
Luna Girls on Alki is a public sculpture designed by Seattle artist Lezlie Jane. Her idea is to create a permanent installation on Alki beach, greeting visitors and highlighting the gorgeous view of the Olympic Mountains with a trio of bathing beauties.
Forged from thin lines of black steel, the sculptures will appear to be drawn in midair.
Birds of Ohio.
A once derelict bridge underpass has been rejuvenated by ALTernative, a community design group based in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier this year the team set out to transform an underpass caked with grafitti into a space that not only enhanced the landscape, but featured it. They painted over the scattered tags to create a new mural featuring 35 bird species native to Ohio.
It’s been five months since the project ended and the team has just been honored with the 2012 Presidential Award award from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Even more exciting, a new grant has been established which will continue to ensure that the mural, and its surrounding park, are maintained for years to come.
San Francisco’s Come Out and Play festival will transform the city into a giant outdoor playground.
The free, volunteer-organized event includes an exhibition of collaborative, public street games that opens this weekend at SOMArts. The Festival proper goes down December 1-2, with large-scale, live games throughout the neighborhood.
RSVP to skip the lines at the opening party tomorrow night!