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I suspect most of us take the designs of our cities and streets for granted, at least when they’re working the way we want them to. We notice the lack of bike lanes when we’re on our bikes, or perhaps the narrowness of sidewalks when a prank collective adds a “Tourist Lane,” but otherwise, we board our buses and walk the pavement without thinking much about it. That’s the beauty of urban planning: when it’s done right, you barely notice it.
Yet obviously a ton of thought goes into it. Planning a single street requires myriad decisions: how wide to make the sidewalks, whether to include a separate turn lane, where to place the bus stops, how to separate the bike lane from the cars, what kind of flowers should be used on the dividers. A nifty new web app called Streetmix, made by the current fellows of Code for America, lets you think about and play around with all these choices.
The site is just what it sounds like: a chance to remix the street. So there are driving lanes and bus lanes and streetlights and informational signs, and it’s up to you to figure out where they should appear, if they should appear at all, as well as how much space they should get. It’s incredibly simple yet fairly ingenious, encouraging visitors to think about how streets tend to be built — and from there, different ways in which they could be built. I made my own without deviating much from the standard starting layout (see above), but looking at a blog post on the Code for America site, I realized how very uncreative I had been. Probably because I’m not used to thinking about streets as malleable — something Streetmix may hopefully help me change.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.