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Place Lab digest • Issue #50 • Friday, June 30, 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.

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What Place Lab is digesting

Mayor Emanuel's Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Awardees
Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

After reviewing nearly 700 applications for the first round of Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants, Mayor Emanuel is excited to announce the 32 businesses that have been selected for the inaugural class of grant recipients.
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What we can learn from Chicago's CARYATIDS, the feminist curatorial collective that fought sexism in architecture
Sarah Rafson, Archinect

No feminist group challenged the status quo as imaginatively as CARYATIDS, a little-known collective of designers founded twenty-five years ago in Chicago. On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial—which will reinterpret ideas from the past under the theme of Make New History—it’s worth looking back at how these hometown trailblazers set an unprecedented example for activism in design.
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How Buffalo turned architectural heritage into an engine for reinvention
Patrick Sisson, Curbed

Through clever development, generous historic tax credits, and small-scale, private urban planing, [Buffalo, NY] has, like other cities in the center of the country, turned its architectural heritage into an engine for reinvention.
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Luxury Developers Seek Outside Artists: Public Art Done the Dallas Way
Darryl Ratcliff, D Magazine

The trend for mega-rich developers is to import cool. But what if they invested that money into [local] talent? Would it create art more reflective of our community?
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Memphis Design, pop culture, and the battle against ‘good taste’
Patrick Sisson, Curbed

In a decade known for indulgence, the designs that emerged from the Memphis Group defined the boundary-pushing postmodernism of the ’80s. A collective of international designers founded by Ettore Sottsass, whose career is the subject of an upcoming retrospective at New York’s Met Breuer opening this July, the brief movement was fashionable and fun.
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Bringing bicycles back to city planning
Urshita Gautam, Architectural Digest

There is an imminent need for India and other developing economies to acknowledge the importance of cycling infrastructure.
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As Urban Planners, We Must Ask: Who Are We?
Marlon Williams, Next City

This started as a conversation about whether urban planning needed more diversity. But we soon determined that was not the right question. The more immediate question was: Who Are We as a profession to still be asking such a question.
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LGBTQ Philanthropy Grows, Diversifies To Meet New Challenges
K. Sujata, The Huffington Post

As our understanding of what constitutes an LGBTQ issue expands, LGBTQ philanthropy is evolving as well... With an increase in LGBTQ-focused giving, both at CFW and nationally, we can be confident that philanthropy is prepared to take on new and emerging issues, and to continue to invest in the future of the LGBTQ community.
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Former Music Club Now Incubator
Dan McGowan, Inside Indiana Business

The Stage Gary Small Business Incubator and Coworking Space is located in the old Carmella's Stage on Shelby building, a former music club in the city's Miller neighborhood. Gretchen Sipp says the facility has a "quieter side" -- the coworking space -- and the "creative side" -- which serves as space for art studios, crafters and other artisans.
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'Urban Campus' Housing: The Dorms Of The 21st Century?
Scott Beyer, Forbes

Higher education in the U.S. has diversified in respect to location, with community colleges and satellite branches of major schools opening right in the heart of cities. The housing market may be slowly adapting to this trend, with smaller unit sizes and shared living spaces going up around these schools. One niche within this trend is “Urban Campus” style housing.
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Gary Public Art competition looking for artists
NWI Times

With the support of the Legacy Foundation through the Knight Donor Advised Fund, the city of Gary is looking for Gary residents who are artists and those of the Northwest Indiana Region to participate in the Gary Public Art Competition.
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From our bookshelf:

City Life by Witold Rybczynski

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Perception Vs. Reality: Chicago Students Outperform Kids In Rest Of Illinois
Linda Lutton, WBEZ Chicago

Chicago Public Schools for decades has shouldered a reputation shared by big-city school districts across the country — perennially challenged by poverty and chronically low-performing. A UIC analysis of 15 years of Illinois test score data finds that in apples-to-apples comparisons between similar groups of elementary students in Chicago and the rest of the state, Chicago kids on average repeatedly outperform their peers outside the city.
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What’s keeping people of color from using Divvy? 
John Greenfield, The Chicago Reader

A taxpayer-subsidized bike-share system that's mostly used by relatively wealthy and well-educated white folks isn't equitable. But that's the situation with Chicago's Divvy network. A 2015 Chicago Department of Transportation questionnaire found that 79 percent of responding members were non-Hispanic whites, most of them had middle to upper incomes, and 93 percent had college degrees.
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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.

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