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Sipke Visser On Doggies And Indie Publishing

'Doggies' by Sipke Visser

Sipke Visser is a fine art photographer working and living in London. He just published his second book called Doggies about the London’s dog subculture, which he crowd-funded at Kickstarter. His first book Return to Sender was recently shortlisted for the internationally acclaimed Aperture First Photobook Award. We talked to him about dogs, independent publishing and his ambitions as a photographer.

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‘Handup’ For The Homeless

Handup

San Francisco is a city renowned for its art and culture, however it also has a much higher than average homeless population. Residents Zac Witte and Rose Broome created Handup, an innovative text-messaging platform that makes it easier to donate to the homeless.

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Edward Skidelsky: How To Live A Good Life?

Robert and Edward Skidelsky

The British economic philosopher Edward Skidelsky is one of the authors of the international bestseller How Much Is Enough? — Money and the Good Life (2012), which he wrote together with his father Robert Skidelsky. Skidelsky is currently working on a new book, The Language of the Virtues, which will be published by Princeton University Press. On Thursday 20 February, architecture and urbanism institute Stroom in The Hague will host a lecture by Edward Skidelsky in which he will focus on two main questions: what do we really need as humans? And how do governments create conditions for a ‘Good Life’?

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  • Neighbor.ly: A New Way To Let You Pay

    Neighbor.ly

    Lots of people wish their city to be better maintained, friendlier to bikes or prettier in general. However, cities do not always have the money to turn things around and invest in the best quality. The solution may be in your own wallet. Crowd-funding platform Neighbor.ly focuses on the financing issues of urban projects and services. On this newly launched platform everyone, including local authorities, companies and non-profit-organizations, can start a campaign to get money together for specific urban projects. Does this development pave the way for on-demand urbanism?

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    Give-And-Tako In Geneva

    Neighborhood exchange boxes in Geneva

    The trouble with neighbourly lending is the inevitable caveat that borrowed items are often never returned. On the flipside, donation lacks an element of reciprocity with an added requirement of effort. The city of Geneva has found a healthy medium between getting rid of undesirable items and obtaining necessary things through a network of shareable exchange boxes, which they call Boîtes d’Échange Entre Voisins or Neighbourhood Exchange Boxes.

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  • Next Generation Vending Machines Dispense Healthy Food

    Chef's Farm's vending machine for fresh salads

    The vending machine as an urban phenomenon has a strong traditional connection with candy bars, soft drinks and other types of junk food. But the good ol’ vending machine slightly starts to gain a position in the distribution of healthy food as well. A while ago we stumbled upon a couple of initiatives that aim to automatically dispense healthy food to urbanites.

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    River Of Herbs: An Urban Wildlife Medicine Cabinet

    River of Herbs

    Amsterdam-based urban herbologist Lynn Shore has launched a new initiative to create an edible wildlife corridor through the Dutch capital. Amsterdammers are asked to participate by planting herbs in tree pits, pavement gardens, community orchards and other large or small spaces. The River of Herbs, when ready, should result in an eco-friendly alternative medicine cabinet for inhabitants, an edible corridor through the city and a renewed infrastructure for bees.

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