ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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Navajo Reservation / Suburb
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2011. By Edward Burtynsky The fish farms of China's Luoyuan Bay. Fujian Province, China, 2012. By Edward Burtynsky Salinas #2, Cádiz, Spain, 2013. By Edward Burtynsky


Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water. Their new film Watermark is currently showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

You can watch the trailer here

(via rchtctrstdntblg)


Inside Out XL

I’m a little late to this project, but better late than never!  Over the past few months, a large number of residents of the Ixelles commune of Brussels took part in being photographed for the Inside Out XL project (XL being slang for Ixelles).  The photographs were then hung on buildings, in windows, along fences, and on many other surfaces throughout the neighborhood, creating sort of a visual gallery of local residents and contributing to local community building and placemaking.

Some of the photos have started to become damaged through ripping, tearing, tagging, and presumably some weather damage, but they are still literally everywhere around the neighborhood.  I find it interesting to document them, even as they start to deteriorate.

The photos above are just several I snapped on two recent walks through the area.  There are many many more to be seen.

Check out more about the project on the official website here, including maps, event listings, and videos. 

The video below shows how many of the residents who were photographed also helped paste the pictures up, and also shows some people’s initial reactions.

Photos taken July, 2013