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Place Lab digest • Issue #46 • Friday, June 2, 2017
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The Place Lab digest is a weekly round-up of pertinent news, opinion, investigations, and explorations of the arts, architecture, and city-building in Chicago and beyond.

Happenings @ Place Lab

Guest Blogger: Aaron Rose reflects on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series

Place Lab & Aaron Rose

Place Lab asked writer Aaron Rose to attend and write about each of the 9 Salon Sessions on Ethical Redevelopment. Her pieces describe and reflect upon the discussions, site visits, and related programming that happened on a monthly basis from July 2016 to April 2017. Note that a public convening will not occur this June; rather, Salon Members are reflecting on the impact of the series and their content will be made available to the public later this summer.

Read the Salon Session 3 and Salon Session 4 pieces

What Place Lab is digesting

Louise Bernard named museum director for future Obama Presidential Center
Katherine Skiba & Manya Brachear Pashman, The Chicago Tribune

Louise Bernard, outgoing director of exhibitions at the New York Public Library, will be charged with presenting the narrative of the Obama presidency and sustaining the legacy of the first African-American president.
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Stay up-to-date on Place Lab projects, events, news, and happenings with our dedicated blog, SITE.
Reducing energy consumption through architecture and urban planning
Felino A. Palafox, Jr., The Manila Times

The demand for power in the Philippines is increasing; and the cost of electricity continues to rise. There are two ways to look at this challenge: continue to increase supply by developing more sources and a balanced energy mix, and take a look at the way electricity is currently consumed. 
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Ford Foundation to open Detroit office after 64-year hiatus
 Chad Livengood, Crain's Detroit Business

The Ford Foundation is establishing its first presence in Detroit since leaving the Motor City in 1953 as it ramps up a major initiative to invest in affordable housing in the city where it was founded 81 years ago by Edsel Ford.
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Digital Tool Aims to ID Urban Planning’s Winners, Losers
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City

The new Doppelgänger tool from Sidewalk Labs promises to provide real-world planners a simulation based on the terabytes upon terabytes of real-world data available in today’s digital world.
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What smart planners are reading right now

Check out what publications planners all over the globe are following to stay in the loop on redeveloping, building, and maintaining better cities.
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Miss last Friday's edition of the digest? Read it in the archives here.
68 mayors adopt Paris climate accord after U.S. pulls out
Alissa Walker, Curbed

The 68 mayors who previously pledged to ignore President Donald Trump’s climate change policies have upped their commitment after he announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord: At least 68 cities are adopting the historic agreement themselves.
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Toronto studies how new vertical communities can better accommodate 
City of Toronto

Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities is a study being undertaken by the City Planning Division that examines how new multi-unit housing in high-density communities can better accommodate the needs of households with children and youth.
Chicago Youth Help Decide Where Public Funds Go
Martín Xavi Macías, Next City

Public funds are a hot-button issue in Chicago, a city that has historically funded public services, such as education and mental health, inequitably. However, one Chicago community has been not only democratizing public budgeting, but also getting young people involved in the process.
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Can contemporary art help revitalize rural America?
Patrick Sisson, Curbed

Located in North Adams, an old mill town in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts, MASS MoCA has been open to the public since 1999—and, this past weekend, it doubled its exhibition space with a long-awaited expansion that completes a circuitous path through the entire facility.
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Walker Art Center Delays Opening of Sculpture Garden Following Controversy
Andrew R. Chow, The New York Times

The Walker Art Center has delayed the opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden by a week as the museum’s executives plan the removal of a sculpture that has provoked a public outcry. The work, “Scaffold,” by Sam Durant, is a two-story structure that aims to evoke gallows and public executions throughout United States history.
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The U.S. Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History. It Just Walked Away From the Paris Climate Deal.
Justin Gillis & Nadja Popovich, The New York Times

The United States, with its love of big cars, big houses and blasting air-conditioners, has contributed more than any other country to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is scorching the planet. The decision to walk away from the Paris accord is a momentous setback, in practical and political terms, for the effort to address climate change.
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Kara Walker Plans a Public Art Project for New Orleans
Joshua Barone, The New York Times

The artist Kara Walker — whose monumental sphinx, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” wowed critics and clogged Instagram feeds in 2014 — will unveil a new public art project this fall as part of the contemporary art triennial Prospect New Orleans, the exhibition’s organizers announced.
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From our bookshelf:

Children's Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care by Roger A. Hart​

Purchase it here
When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline
Morning Edition, NPR

Students across New Orleans face high rates of exposure to trauma, but school discipline policies have rarely accounted for that. Crocker College Prep is now one of five New Orleans charter schools in a collective to become more trauma-informed. That means Crocker aims to account for the social, emotional and behavioral needs of all students, and their lives outside of school.
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Place Lab is a team of professionals from the diverse fields of law, urban planning, architecture, design, social work, arts administration, and gender and cultural studies.  A partnership between Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, and the Harris School of Public Policy, Place Lab is a catalyst for mindful urban transformation and creative redevelopment. Led by renowned artist and University of Chicago faculty member Theaster Gates, this joint enterprise merges Chicago Harris’ Cultural Policy Center’s commitment to cultural policy and evidence-based analysis with Place Lab’s work at Arts + Public Life on arts- and culture-led neighborhood transformation.

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