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Place Lab digest • Issue #52 • Friday, July 14, 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

Showcasing the culminating work of Artists-in-Residence Yaw Agyeman, Lauren Ash, and Stephen Flemister

Exhibition runs July 13 - August 25, 2017
Arts Incubator Gallery
301 E Garfield Blvd [map]

Remain To Be Seen showcases the culminating work of the 2016-17 Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence, Yaw AgyemanLauren Ash, and Stephen Flemister. The ten-month residency program, housed at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, supports Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artists whose practices critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, and community. Remain To Be Seen exhibits Agyeman, Ash, and Flemister’s reflections on self, identity, power, and visibility through sculpture, painting, installations, video, and sound.

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What Place Lab is digesting

Theaster Gates' art at CTA station will nod to African-American experience
William Lee, The Chicago Tribune

Designs were unveiled Wednesday for Theaster Gates' planned art installation — a space made to look like a radio station that will host real, live DJs —at the Red Line's 95th Street station, which is being overhauled and is set to open next year.
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Hot, Dry Madrid Aims For A Cooler, Greener Future
Lauren Frayer, NPR Parallels

At Madrid's CaixaForum, an arts foundation, people pause. It's what's on the outside of this museum, rather than what's inside, that's halted them: a giant vertical garden with more than 15,000 plants from 300 native species — begonias, yucca plants, ferns — coating an entire outer wall stretching the length of a city block. Walls like this one are part of Madrid's new strategy to fight climate change.
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An Open Data Hub That Builds Better Citizens
Laura Bliss, Citylab

Launched Monday by the global GIS mapping software giant Esri, ArcGIS Hub is an online platform that clusters datasets around specific citywide initiatives, in the hope that people can more readily tap into information applicable to their lives.
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Chicago Synagogue’s Urban Farm Thrives, Feeding Thousands
Aimee Levitt, Forward

The farm at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago comprises two 50-yard-long plots of cultivated crops and two mostly self-sustaining “food forests,” plus two more garden plots at a nearby church and elementary school. In the past nine years, it has produced 22,000 pounds of food, most of which it has donated to shelters and public housing projects in the neighborhood.
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M.T.A. Asks Transit Fans, ‘Who Wants to Be a Subway-Saving Millionaire?’
James Barron, The New York Times

The “Genius Transit Challenge” conference on Thursday — sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will award three $1 million prizes for the brightest ideas for improving New York City’s subway system — was more of a sober-minded seminar for public-transit mavens who filled the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.
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Does Commercial Zoning Increase Neighborhood Crime?
Richard Florida, Citylab

A new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics by Tate Twinam of the University of Washington takes a detailed look at the connection between neighborhood characteristics and urban crime in Chicago, a city that has witnessed a much-publicized recent rise in murder and violent crime. 
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This Program Brings Dance Out of the Theater, Into the Parks
Emma Krupp, Chicago Magazine

Dance in the Parks takes advantage of Chicago’s beautiful parks and vibrant dance community to build bridges to new audiences.
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Women of color call the shots in the Chicago-based webseries Brown Girls 
Brianna Wellen, The Chicago Reader

A mostly female cast and crew come together to tell the story of the friendship between writer Fatimah Asghar and musician Jamila Woods. [The director, Sam Bailey, believes in the importance of people behind the camera having an understanding of what happens onscreen.] And in the male-dominated field of television production, safe spaces for everyone else to freely provide their input are few and far between.
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Defining Black art in the age of Black Power
Rachel Stewart, Deutsche Welle

What was the role of the African-American artist in the 1960s and 70s? A new exhibition at London's Tate Modern explores the many answers to this complex question.
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From our bookshelf:

Poison on Tap (A Bridge Magazine Analysis): How Government Failed Flint, and the Heroes Who Fought Back by The Staff of Bridge Magazine

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New Urban Planning Tool To Exploit Public Space
Maya Dukmasova, Progrss

Using urban planning tool The Greenprint Resource Hub, practitioners, policymakers, and communities can view greenprints across the United States, allowing them to make informed decisions about how to incorporate parks and open spaces into their cities.
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Game theory for cities: bringing planners face to face with dilemmas
K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj, The Hindu

Everyone has solutions, and now they can actually try them out. That’s the goal set by ‘City Game,’ developed by Bengaluru-based not-for-profit ‘Fields of View’ (FoV). When it is played by a diverse group of citizens, it brings to the fore all the tensions and faultlines of a city. The game offers insights to town planners on citizens’ priorities.
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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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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.

Place Lab is just one star in a constellation of projects and programs led by artist Theaster Gates and located primarily on Chicago's South Side. Stay connected with our partner organizations by signing up to receive e-news. Arts + Public LifeRebuild Foundation, and Currency Exchange Café.
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