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Vivian Doumpa

Urban Normality Restored!

Miniature row house by Natwerk

On the Westerstraat in Amsterdam the house numbers between 54 and 70 are missing. Big fuzz for Google Maps? Yeah. Big fuzz for the postman? Yes, indeed. But not any more! Advertising agency Natwerk decided to restore normality and build the seven missing row houses. In the gap. Between the buildings…

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  • Urban Foraging — Find Out What Your City Tastes Like

    Urban foraging

    Spring is late in Amsterdam this year, but we can finally see some greenery around the city. Let’s go outside for some urban foraging! Plants growing on the sidewalks that are either an urban wildlife or belong to someone (be it public or individual) may come out to be a great source for your daily nutrients. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts or even snails are only some of the products that one can harvest and enjoy for free.

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    Community Currencies And Bartering Models Take Root In Greek Cities

    A bazaar in the city of Volos where people can exchange products for TEMs

    Last January we highlighted the emerging phenomenon of alternative and DIY currencies in cities across the globe. These currencies have been developed by people who wish to see their economy and society through a different scope — more humanitarian, more social. The financial crisis has boosted further development of new peer-to-peer-oriented economic systems in different parts of the world.

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    Three Inspiring Examples Of Greek Crisis Urbanism

    Argallios

    Much has been written about how the economic crisis and recession affect the practice of city-making. It seems that economic crisis, especially in the countries of the Mediterranean, is also translated into a severe urban crisis. Greek cities have been suffering from poor public-led urban planning strategies, even before the economic downfall. However, there seems to be a vivid call for bottom-up initiatives that are able to directly improve urban conditions. NGOs, citizens, private agencies and also institutions start to engage themselves in new-style urbanism initiatives — step by step, place by place. Conquering the negative mood and stimulating public dialogue, all kinds of interesting projects pop up, both in Greek cities and the periphery. In this article we present a selection three inspiring examples of bottom-up urbanism that fight the negative atmosphere imposed by the Greek economic (let alone) crisis.

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  • First Bitcoin ATM To Be Launched In Cyprus

    Bitcoin ATM developed by Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures

    Earlier this year we discussed the emerging urban trend of the peer-to-peer economy and it got us thinking for more flexible alternatives of money. That’s when we spotted another upcoming trend, that of the DIY currencies. It seems that what we considered back then to be an experimental digital currency is already getting closer to becoming as functional as traditional currencies. Bitcoin was proven to be a valuable measure towards the establishment of the peer-to-peer economy.

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    Mobile Café In Denver Turns Coffee Into An Urban Strategy

    Public Coffee

    We get really excited when we come across projects that not only feature pop-up urbanism, but also promote alternative models of urban daily life. Public Coffee is a Denver-based collaboration among many interdisciplinary creative parties, such as designers, social artists, educators, coffee visionaries, social workers, businessmen, a farmer’s market director, and an architect. They have decided to take the concept of the coffee shop one step further in indie entrepreneurialism and deeper in society.

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