Urban Matters - Land Bank 412
What are Land Banks?
This is the question that the first Urban Matters class answers.
What is Urban Matters?
Urban Matters is an Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) arts and education program rooted in social justice. Its primary goal is to cultivate a more civically educated and engaged group of young people in Pittsburgh’s most distressed and predominately African-American communities.
Urban Matters participants use research, interviews and art to create tools to help (1) demystify urban policies and (2) increase participation in decision-makingprocesses that impact and shape their communities.
Photographer Gregory Halpern weaves a ragged tale of America’s Rust Belt in his series A. Journeying from his home town of Buffalo, NY with a pop-up camper in tow, Halpern set out across the United States visiting Baltimore, Cincinnati, Omaha, Detroit and dozens of cities and towns in between. Infamous for poverty and neglect, the “fly-over” post-industrial horizon comes into view,
Q:Hey I hope you had fun in my hometown, orange nj! ^-^
The font search in community development activities
Above - Cityscape by B.A.N.K Productions
It’s not everyday that community development practitioners get to play around with graphic design tools. The URA’s UDream fellow, Mary Taylor, has been helping me pull some things together for the collateral materials for the Urban Matters short documentary. We’re talking color pallets, fonts, and all that cool stuff I can’t quite pull together. It’s not central to our work, but it is an important part of the overall presentation.
So I find myself wandering over to sites like Shutterstock for inspiration and some understanding of how all of this fits together: 6 Design Lessons from a Major TV and Movie Title Designer
The 12 young people from YouthPlaces, who’ve named their project B.A.N.K Productions, are creating a documentary on land banking and I got a sneak peak of some of their work yesterday. Lesson #3 is resonating with me right now. The authenticity of the art is a huge part of this journey for all of us.
The premiere is on Tuesday, October 7th. Stay tuned for more details.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Ave
Can Urban Agriculture Work on a Commercial Scale? From CityLab
This CityLab article explores how urban agriculture can work on a commercial scale. Is this something we can explore throughout Pittsburgh in places like Larimer and Homewood? The communities in the South Hilltop are exploring it now.
NEXTPittsburgh’s Profile of 5 Movers and Makers
Majestic Lane of JuiceUp 412. Photo by Brian Cohen via NEXTPittsburgh
Check out 5 people making Pittsburgh a more livable city for all in the latest edition of NEXTPittsburgh.
URBAN SYMBOLS: Landmarks orient our global sense of place!