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Place Lab digest • Issue #42 • Friday, May 5, 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

Ethical Redevelopment Principle #7:
Stack, Leverage + Access

Ethical Redevelopment, 9 Principles

Successful interventions, whether a single project, location, or gesture, have impact and reverberation. Ethical Redevelopment Principle #7: Stack, Leverage + Access, asserts that excitement can lead to investment and that resource streams can come from diverse sources.

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What Place Lab is digesting

Obama Center design: A promising, populist start
Blair Kamin, The Chicago Tribune

Led by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and Brooklyn-based landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the design team has started to strike a compelling balance between Obama's desire for a strong architectural statement (he reportedly told the architects that one of their early plans was "too quiet") and the need to respect the historic landscape of Jackson Park.
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A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America
Terry Gross, NPR

Richard Rothstein's new book, The Color of Law, examines the local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation. "If we want greater equality in this society, if we want a lowering of the hostility between police and young African-American men, we need to take steps to desegregate," he says.
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Uniting in the Commons: Breaking down divides toward more successful cities
Kyle Kutchief, Philanthropy Daily

The bedrock of American democracy is the communities that bring together diverse voices and people. As we seek to address growing concerns over a divided America and strive to build bridges between rich and poor, rural and urban, races and ethnicities and differing political beliefs, a key question is how we can bring people together in a way that allows us to make the most of our diversity.
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Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic

The MIT economist Peter Temin argues that economic inequality results in two distinct classes. And only one of them has any power.
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How to Survive a Retail Meltdown
Nolan Gray, CityLab

Cities and suburbs are getting clobbered by the collapse of the retail sector. But there are ways to use the crisis as a way to speed long-overdue land use reforms.
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Miss last Friday's edition of the digest? Read it in the archives here.
Shepard students draw on lessons to design future library
Steve Sadin, The Chicago Tribune

A renovated library at Shepard Middle School will be discussed by Deerfield Public Schools District 109 officials in the fall, but the school's sixth graders are already being called upon to offer their design ideas.
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‘Mayor's Guide to Public Life' offers civic leaders a blueprint for vibrant cities that better serve residents
Shin-Pei Tsay, Knight Foundation

In today’s social climate, caring for each other in our collective spaces is no easy task. Public discourse about life-sustaining issues—jobs, housing, schools, clean air and water— too often devolves into partisan infighting and strained social ties. Many wonder how our communities will work across differences to achieve a common vision. “A Mayor’s Guide to Public Life” provides a framework.
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'We'll be left behind': How equity can keep architecture relevant
Emily Peiffer, Construction Dive

The lack of diversity in the architecture industry is no secret. In recent years, however, that movement has expanded to include equity not only within the profession, but also in the designs that architects create.
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How Mass Migration Is Enhancing Europe’s Cities
Grace Dobush, Urban Land Magazine

Most migrants to Europe are clustering in cities, a new ULI study finds, compounding the challenge of rising rent prices with encouraging integration of new residents and preserving a healthy socioeconomic environment.
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Zoning's Next Century
The Urbanist

Last year zoning turned 100. What will the next century bring? In this issue The Urbanist invited planners, architects, journalists, economists and others to weigh in: What should change? What should remain? Will we, as New Urbanist Andres Duany suggests, look forward to the day zoning no longer exists at all?
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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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Development Projects Seeking Boards Members
Julie Bosman, Lawndale News

Several new development projects in Chicago, in particular, the Obama Presidential Center, present the chance to spur new and impactful investments on Chicago’s south side and across the Chicagoland region. Selection of approximately 20 individuals to form the founding board for this organization is currently underway, and residents of Woodlawn, Washington Park and South Shore are encouraged to apply and help shape the work of the organization moving forward. 
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From our bookshelf:

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein​

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Michelle Obama's AIA conference speech urges architects to help cities
Lauren Ro, Curbed

Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave a keynote speech on the first day of the AIA Conference on Architecture, which is currently in session in Orlando, Florida. Over 45 minutes, Obama spoke to AIA’s president Tom Vonier about cities and the role of architects there, urging them to work on projects in low-income communities.
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The New Suburban Crisis
Richard Florida, CityLab

Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared.
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Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday, May 6th
Ray Johnson, Chicago Now

On May 1, 1893, the eyes of the world were on Chicago and more specifically Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. Jackson Park is still a vibrant place for events and this coming Saturday, May 6, 2017, there are plenty of free things going on.
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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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