Paste In Place

December 10, 2018 in Design

Has a way-finding map on the corner of a busy street ever helped you figure out how to get to your destination? Perhaps a simple line graph has taught you about a complex, long-term trend. Or maybe an annual report caught your eye because of its appealing and colourful design.

At Intelligent Futures, we really appreciate strong graphic design. Good maps can help you find your way, clear graphs can help you comprehend complex data, and appealing reports can help you digest important information.

This week, we wanted to talk to someone who shares this appreciation and works at the intersection of graphic design and urban planning.

Ryan Sullivan is the Founder of Paste in Place, a design studio based in Portland, Oregon. Their design work includes data visualizations, maps and graphic design projects that describe and analyze cities.

The work from Paste in Place is always bright, clean and playful. It’s usually cartographic, and sometimes minimal. Ryan and his team effectively communicate plans, strategies, and urban change to readers in an appealing and accessible way.

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Brewing Up Community

November 26, 2018 in Business, Community

“The vaunted ‘third space’ isn’t home, and isn’t work – it’s more like the living room of society at large. It’s a place where you are neither family nor co-worker, and yet where the values, interests, gossip, complaints and inspirations of these two other spheres intersect. It’s a place at least one step removed from the structures of work and home, more random, and yet familiar enough to breed a sense of identity and connection. It’s a place of both possibility and comfort, where the unexpected and the mundane transcend and mingle.

And nine times out of ten, it’s a bar.”

This is a quote from Michael Hickey, a community developer in the U.S. A few years back, he wrote an article called “In Praise of Loud and Stinky Bars”. Hickey wrote that bars act as vital gathering spaces for communities.

And he’s definitely not the only one that sees the value in local bars and breweries.

Today, you’ll hear from Vanessa Mathews and Mark Heise about how breweries can provide a sense of place, build up other industries and give back to their community, one pint a time.

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Restorative Spaces in the City

November 12, 2018 in Health

Jenny Roe is an environmental psychologist. She studies how we interact with our world, and how the world impacts our health, wellbeing and behaviours. In this episode, John and Jenny bounce through a number of concepts, including how digital technology, car-oriented planning, green spaces and fascinating buildings are related to our health and well-being.

Resources

  • Learn more about Jenny’s work
  • Listen to a past episode with Mike Lydon to learn more about tactical urbanism