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New Haven Green – The First Clean Up!

Posted on April 18th, by robertorr in Divinity, Efficiency, Events, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

New Haven Green – The First Clean Up

Just Two Hours, You Can Do It! Come Pitch In at the First Clean Up, Feel Good, Meet Exciting People and Help Boost Pride in Our New Haven Green and in Our New Haven Downtown!

Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:00 AM to Noon

Meet at 10:00 AM Saturday morning outside at the back of the stone church (Trinity Church on the Green) next to Chapel Street, right across from Zinc Restaurant. Look for gathered group of people.

Gloves, garbage bags, and misc. pick up tools will be provided.
Expert Cleaner-Uppers Will Provide Instruction.
Come in work clothes and good spirits. Feel free to bring your own tools, loppers, etc.
Refreshment provided.



Distinguished Speaker Series – Urban Interventions: A Tactical Urbanism How-to

Posted on January 18th, by robertorr in Efficiency, Events, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

Bottom Up and Top Down Urban Interventions
Please Join us for a free Tactical Urbanism Workshop on Saturday, February 8th at 3:00PM at the Bourse Co-Working Loft in Downtown New Haven.

How can an inexpensive, short-term project create long-term societal change? Guerilla Wayfinding, Parklets, DIY Crosswalks – these are all examples of an exciting trend in urban placemaking commonly referred to as Tactical Urbanism. This talk will be exceptionally unique. Our two speakers represent the public view from the street AND and the regulatory view from inside city hall: Bottom up AND top down interventions.

Distinguished Speaker Series
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bourse Coworking Loft
839 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
RSVP affirmatives to: bourse@boursenewhaven.com
or RSVP on Meetup or Facebook

 

 Mike Lydon, Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, will lead an overview alongside Dan Bartman, Senior Planner at the City of Somerville.  The overview of … Read More »



Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #4

Posted on September 14th, by robertorr in Events, Lean, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Transportation, Urbanism. No Comments

Join us at the next:
Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out #4
The Bourse, 839 Chapel Street, New Haven
Monday, September 23rd, 7:00-8:30PM (PBRs!)

At this meeting, we’ll be discussing our newest project idea and making plans to unroll it in the coming weeks. 

Join us to get involved in a project that will explore and improve legibility and usability of our local transit system. 

 

ABOUT THIS GROUP:

 “A good city is like a good party. You know it’s working when people stay for much longer than necessary.” – Jan Gehl

From the Inside Out New Haven project, to the Olive Dog Park, to the New Haven Coliseum re-do, to the Farmington Canal Low Line to concepts posted on SeeClickFix, New Haven has a long history of people who spearhead informal, sometimes unsanctioned, DIY projects and plans to improve the city. 

If you:

Are familiar with the terms “unsolicited architecture” … Read More »



You’re Invited: Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out, Tue 7/23, 5-7P

Posted on July 20th, by robertorr in Events, Lean, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

Please consider attending:
Unsolicited Architecture & Unsanctioned Tactical Urbanism Hang-Out
The Bourse, 839 Chapel Street, New Haven
Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:00-7:00PM (PBRs!)

 

 “A good city is like a good party. You know it’s working when people stay for much longer than necessary.” – Jan Gehl

 

From the Inside Out New Haven project, to the Olive Dog Park, to the New Haven Coliseum re-do, to the Farmington Canal Low Line to concepts posted on SeeClickFix, New Haven has a long history of people who spearhead informal, sometimes unsanctioned, DIY projects and plans to improve the city. 

 

 

If you:

Are familiar with the terms “unsolicited architecture” or “tactical urbanism”
Like to imagine what New Haven’s public spaces and sidewalks might look like if you and your neighbors were able to just bring in a couple truckloads of materials and improve them yourself
Think that New Haven’s streets and highways can be … Read More »



“Providence Effect” Bypasses New Haven

Posted on April 5th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, New Haven, Policy, Prosperity, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

“Providence Effect” Can Most Definitely Benefit Coworking

by Robert Orr, Contributor @ The Bourse – New Haven’s Coworking Loft

The small scale incrementalism of the “Providence Effect” can most definitely benefit Coworking. The synergy of individuals getting stuff done in shared workspace, AKA coworking, is the happy bedfellow of the synergy of bustling small scale incremental urbanism. Bustle is the small scale stuff where Taleb’s messy antifragile world of disordered relationships flourish. Most definitely, it’s not the silver bullet “project” stuff born out of the cash and fossil energy flush 1980s that still captivates so many planners and economic development officials grasping today at lost causes.

So then what’s hot in bustling American urbanism today? Do a search and you’ll find hot cities pop up: Austin, Portland, Charlotte, Denver, Atlanta, Oklahoma City… Why is there never anything in New England?

…but not so fast cowboy. There’s something called the … Read More »



Comeback of a Boulevard

Posted on November 24th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Transportation, Urbanism. No Comments

A boulevard runs through it: the Queens Quay remake
Reposted from The Toronto Star

 

Written by Christopher Hume

An artist’s conception of the planned remake of Queens Quay, which will include a broad pedestrian/cycling boulevard along the south side, facing the water.

After an absence of decades, the boulevard is coming back to Toronto. Despite long ago having fallen from favour among North American city planners and traffic engineers, the multi-lane, multi-use, tree-lined avenue will soon return to our fair burg.

For this, we have to thank Waterfront Toronto, the tripartite agency that has emerged as one of the main proponents of urban thinking in this city. On Friday, WT will break ground on the transformation of Queens Quay. What’s now a messy and dyfunctional downtown thoroughfare will become an elegant street shared equally by cars, public transit, pedestrians, cyclists — and trees.

The remake of Queens … Read More »



Apocalypse Now: What Happens When You Can’t Drive There Anymore.

Posted on November 18th, by robertorr in Blogs, Coworking, New Haven, Shaping Moments, Transportation, Urbanism. No Comments

How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia, the Next Apocalypse.

Reposted from the New York Times Magazine, written by KEITH O’BRIEN

Published: November 16, 2012

On a clear morning in May, Ron Douglas left his home in exurban Denver, eased into his Toyota pickup truck and drove to a business meeting at a Starbucks. Douglas, a bearded bear of a man, ordered a venti double-chocolate-chip Frappuccino — “the girliest drink ever,” he called it — and then sat down to discuss the future of the growing survivalist industry.

Many so-called survivalists would take pride in keeping far away from places that sell espresso drinks. But Douglas, a 38-year-old entrepreneur and founder of one of the largest preparedness expos in the country, isn’t your typical prepper.

At that morning’s meeting, a strategy session with two new colleagues, Douglas made it clear that he doesn’t even like the … Read More »



Coworking’s Here to Stay as Companies Get Savvy about Reducing Overhead.

The Next Workplace Revolution – Coworking

Reposted from The Atlantic Cities, by Anthony Flint

Telecommuting was supposed to change everything.

Powerful computers, video-conferencing and services like Skype would allow employees to work from home, and home could be anywhere. Traffic congestion would be reduced, and the traditional workplace model – and thus the office real estate market, in both urban and suburban locations — would be transformed. A wired world was poised to change the way we think about cities.

The trend has indeed played out in an incremental way. The US Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans working from home soared 41 percent in the last decade, to 13.4 million. That’s 9.5 percent of all workers working from home at least one day per week as of 2010, up from 7 percent in 1999.

Workers have for many years arranged to do business at “third … Read More »



Good Urbanism Would Be Democracy’s Best Friend, If We Just Let It.

Posted on November 5th, by robertorr in Blogs, Communication, Coworking, Diversity, Efficiency, Shaping Moments, Urbanism. No Comments

Note from The Bourse: As tomorrow’s election approaches, the presidential campaign builds momentum for caustic attack ads, claimed “facts” of suspicious origin and sound bite smoke rings that melt in the gentlest breeze. It’s easy to make the connection between the campaign process and the intransigence of congressional debate down the road. Indeed, the massive isolation American citizens suffer as result of a century of auto-centric policies prevents any kind of constructive debate from entering daily routine, to be any part of our current American culture. However, new life currently breathing into our long decayed cites might offer recipes to end the madness and rekindle the conversation of true democracy.

The Democracy of Urbanism
By Robert Orr

Stepping through Updike’s magnificent portals at the Connecticut State Capitol into the open air of Hartford recently, I turned to my colleague, a Hartford native, and … Read More »



Got an iPhone? Now Say, “Action!”

Barry Levinson Explores iPhone Fimmaking, Environmental Disaster in “The Bay”
REPOSTED FROM CO.CREATE BY: KRISTIN HOHENADEL

The famed director of “Rain Man” decentralized the gear and process for his environmental horror, “The Bay,” gathering found footage from iPhones, webcams and actors.

Oscar winner Barry Levinson has made hit films spanning many decades, from Diner to Rain Man. But his latest, The Bay, a faux documentary cum eco-horror movie about flesh-eating isopods in the Chesapeake Bay, is a stylistic departure in which the 70-year-old director used more than 20 consumer-grade cameras to create “found” footage from iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams and more to piece together the fictional story of a nightmarish 24 hours in the otherwise quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland.

“You’re working with a different set of tools than you normally work with,” Levinson said recently in an interview at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. “It’s … Read More »






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New Haven Green – The First Clean Up!
New Haven Green – The First Clean Up

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Distinguished Speaker Series – Artists at Work (Rescheduled)
ART and the Day Job (Artists at Work – Rescheduled) Please Join us for a free Panel Discussion on Monday, February 24th at 5:30PM at the Bourse...