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Knowledge for self-determination: Mexican construction and community organization manuals

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Pablo Landa on the democratizing power of Mexico's construction manuals

Calibrating the Possible and the Imaginable

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Bryan Boyer's case for strategic design in government

Exploring the Room of the Non-Obvious

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Jesper Chrinstiansen on embedding experimentation into government culture.

Toward Legible Policy

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Gabriella Gómez-Mont on leveraging narratives and collective imagination to redefine participatory governance.

"These are buildings in Venice being transformed into soils - where the water acts as a medium for the invasion of dry matter with life ... and results in the deterioration of the building but promotes flourishing micro communities of organisms." -Rachel Armstrong

Living Cities for the Third Millennium

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Rachel Armstrong on how experiments in soil redefine Third Millennium values.

The Shortcomings of City-as-Platform

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Laura Forlano on participatory, speculative, and anticipatory cities and the dangers of techno-determinism.

The Power of Play

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a study from the UCLA's Urban Humanities Initiative shows the power of play to transform the use of urban spaces.

Enabling the Small-Scale

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Marcus Westbury on removing barriers to let the small-scale drive dynamic development.

The Right to Bear Data

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Jer Thorp's critique of the Smart City: what does it takes to make data truly public?