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Open Source Urbanism: A 5,000-year-old innovation

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  Coming from a computer science background, and having since jumped into urban planning, for me it was unavoidable to mull over “Open Source Urbanism” sooner or later. As many others, I’m a firm believer in the practical benefits and ethical advantages of the Open Source model. The idea of horizontal collaboration, quick and fluid…
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Published On: July 26, 2016 |
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How the DNC has helped form a bond between two Northeastern professors

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Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Dan Urman, assistant teaching professor, director of the minor in Law and Public Policy and director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University   By Greg St. Martin | news@Northeastern North­eastern fac­ulty member Dan Urman says the 2000…
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Art and the urban experience

The city has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and the environment par excellence where art is dreamed, produced, and exhibited (and given the current speculation and ballooning prices on the ever-expanding art market, one should add “sold” to that list). Led by cultural meccas like New York and Paris, our metropolitan areas…
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Published On: July 19, 2016 |
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The terror in Nice and security across the EU

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Photo from BBC News (World) Twitter (@BBCWorld)   By John O’Neill | news@Northeastern France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a 19-​​ton truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200…
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Published On: July 18, 2016 |
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Discovering a city’s character

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  I’m about halfway through my time in this office and I realized I haven’t written much about Medford itself, and what I’ve learned about it. Sure, in some places I have touched on learning that airplane noise was a problem outside of Winthrop, or that the Milk Inspector’s office existed and tree stump removal…
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Published On: July 14, 2016 |
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3Qs: Will ‘superbug’ in Rio’s waters harm Olympic athletes?

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Graphic by YoungHee Jang.   By Northeastern News The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have been over­shad­owed by a plethora of con­cerns—civil unrest, shoddy con­struc­tion, and the Zika virus, to name a few—and the Games are still about a month away. Now a new study from a team of Brazilian sci­en­tists has found that…
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Published On: July 13, 2016 |
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On future citizens and data literacy

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  It should be clear by now that the future of government—urban governments in particular—is intertwined with the increasing role of data (and its flow and accessibility) as a central concern in the public sphere. “Transparent” governments, which I take as an euphemism for “not overtly corrupt,” are expected to share data with their constituents….
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Published On: July 12, 2016 |
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Developing strategies for civic technologies, e-government tools

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  Why is it so important to discuss growth and development of megacities at this time? What are the rules that determine their existence? Dietmar Offenhuber, assistant professor of art and design and public policy, attempted to answer these questions at the Moscow Urban Forum, an international event about urbanization issues held annually in Moscow….
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Published On: July 7, 2016 |
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Is Boston ready for climate change?

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Shutterstock/Suzane M   By Joan Fitzgerald | The Boston Globe Last week’s Boston Globe story indicating that Boston will experience more flooding sooner than thought due to climate change came as no surprise. Scientists monitoring the ice sheet in the Arctic and Greenland noted that it was melting faster than predicted in April. But, is…
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Published On: July 6, 2016 |
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Boston’s transportation open data: Not there yet

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  As someone researching Boston’s socio-economic population shifts, I’m very interested in changes in movement patterns across the city. Let’s say, for example, that we notice increased visits during nights and weekends to previously quiet areas. That may mean that new cultural venues and nightlife options are popping up, one of the tell-tale signs of…
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Published On: July 5, 2016 |
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