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Studying in Starbucks ★

I couldn’t resist not re-blogging this. Partly because it is one of my favourite quotes, but also partly because I think sometimes we should take the same approach to city development.
Some cities have so much effort put into making them look right, they are so regimented and calculated that they lose the one thing that draws us to them in the first place: soul. I know this is very Jane Jacobs of me but perhaps we should not try too hard in trying to improve the city, because it is an organism that through our good actions, can evolve into something much greater than if we try to directly change its genetic makeup (infrastructure, social programs, population densities). Credit to Charles R. Wolfe for the sentiment. 

aroundtheworldpics:

Studying in Starbucks ★

I couldn’t resist not re-blogging this. Partly because it is one of my favourite quotes, but also partly because I think sometimes we should take the same approach to city development.

Some cities have so much effort put into making them look right, they are so regimented and calculated that they lose the one thing that draws us to them in the first place: soul. I know this is very Jane Jacobs of me but perhaps we should not try too hard in trying to improve the city, because it is an organism that through our good actions, can evolve into something much greater than if we try to directly change its genetic makeup (infrastructure, social programs, population densities). Credit to Charles R. Wolfe for the sentiment. 

(via studying-hard)

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From garbage to music: Inspiring creative waste management

I was a big fan of using old milk cartons and cereal boxes as makeshift drum kits when I was younger. In Paraguay they are taking things a lot further. By using household waste to create instruments, they are enabling aspiring musicians from poor backgrounds to reap the benefits of musicality and are giving them the tools they need to succeed later in life. 

The article is well worth a read. Amazing stuff.

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