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    Engaged Communities

    Project for Lean Urbanism refining research to inform field

    July 18, 2014, 1:36 p.m., Posted by Andrés Duany

    Incoming CNU President Lynn Richards gives her first public speech since accepting the position (she joins at 11:18 mark in this video). Credit: Congress for New Urbanism.

    Andrés Duany is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. and president of the Center for Applied Transect Studies, which recently received Knight Foundation support for its Project for Lean Urbanism.

    Andrés Duany. Credit: Michigan Municipal League.

    At last month’s Congress for the New Urbanism in Buffalo, N.Y., the Project for Lean Urbanism introduced its first research products. Over three days, attendees presented 20 draft position papers and case studies. Discussion and debate followed each presentation, to solicit feedback so the authors can refine the drafts, which can be found at Videos of the presentations will soon accompany the papers.

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    The Hanging Garden of Goran Tomcic

    July 18, 2014, 1:29 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida

    Installation view of "Heart Strings." Photo by Francesco Casale When walking into the Dimensions Variable gallery (a Knight Arts grantee), you get the feeling of entering a hanging garden, but one that may appear in the Everglades, or in an otherwise semi-tended organic reserve. Two large...

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    Kids become ‘makers’ at Wynwood summer camp

    July 18, 2014, 10 a.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

    Above: Boys programming recorded music into a mixer. Photos by Carolina Wilson.

    Wynwood Maker Camp has added a twist to the typical summer camp for kids. Children from the ages of 8 to 18 come together for two weeks, engaging with a computer science-driven and student-led curriculum.

    The camp, held five times this summer, is housed at The LAB Miami and hosted by MIAMade, a nonprofit working to develop a local “maker” culture, and the Maker Education Initiative, an organization that encourages youth to develop an interest in technology. Recently, Knight Foundation announced $105,000 in support for MIAMade for its 2014 Miami Makers Initiative, which includes the Wynwood Maker Camp.

    Willie Avendano and Nelson Milian, entrepreneurs who met at The LAB, head the camp. With the original intention of following a regimented schedule based on basic computer-science skills, the camp has evolved into a more personalized experience based on the interests of each camper.

    “One of the things we wanted to emphasize was exposure to technology,” Avendano says. “We asked, ‘What happens if we gave the kids everything we have?’ We have the knowledge and resources, and we wanted to teach them about technology. There’s no reason to have boundaries.”

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