Seattle is the latest city to get its own dedicated space for makers. Makerhaus, which recently opened for (creative) business, is offering the local maker community some pretty nifty tools, including the requisite CNC router, and 3-D printer. In the video above, designer/maker Brandon Perhacs talks about what the new resource will mean to him.
For a city as complex as New York, it’s not easy for the municipal government to gather and process comprehensive urban data—and it’s certainly not cheap. But, as the New York Times noted this week, at a moment when budgets are only decreasing, the city’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning is collecting data to identify the best ways to address the city’s complex problems and improve services.
Last Saturday, major landmark buildings around the world turned their lights off for one hour in support of Earth Hour, a global event meant to encourage people to take action on climate change. Earth Hour originated in Sydney in 2007; we’re happy to report that people in 7,001 cities and towns now participate, switching their lights off to express concern for the environment.
New York City’s Lower East Side is home to a large community of creative people—and more than 200 empty storefronts. By making it possible for people to easily rent the storefronts, local group Made in the Lower East Side hopes to turn these unused spaces into vibrant community hubs that can act as temporary homes for emerging projects.
When traveling, few of us manage to focus deeply on the more interesting aspects of airports. Artist Jeffrey Milstein, on the other hand, has given much of his life to contemplating these transportation hubs; his photographs of the buildings, taken from above, show, as he puts it “the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel.”Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!