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Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

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São Paulo, the most populous city in the Americas, is growing food in unexpected places to feed a burgeoning population. Almost 12 million people reside within the city limits of Brazil’s capital, while the greater São Paulo area is home to more than 20 million. This swelling growth presents great economic challenges that require creative solutions. Which is why the local NGO Cities without Hunger is working with residents to promote urban farming through school gardens, community gardens, greenhouses, and even under electricity pylons.

A Student Competition - Parks for the People

Parks for the People is a design competition that will reimagine Americas most spectacular public places - its national parks - by using design as a catalyst to creatively rethink their connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations.


Martin Brudnizki converts New York office building into eclectic Beekman Hotel

In this movie, interior designer Martin Brudnizki explains how he used vintage furniture and fabrics to create a homely atmosphere in New York's Beekman Hotel, which is shortlisted in two categories at the upcoming AHEAD Americas awards. Read more

WestEdge Design Fair Premieres October 3-6, 2013 In Santa Monica

A design experience to engage, entertain and inspire with exhibits from leading names in the industry, plus educational programs & workshops, networking events and more.

WestEdge Design Fair makes its debut October 3-6, 2013 in Santa Monica, California at the Barker Hangar. This newest destination for modern design showcases a curated selection of over 150 leading national and international brands, many new to the West Coast. Attendees will find design inspiration, and be able to shop from leading manufacturers of furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home. The show caters to trade, press and consumers alike, and offers a complete experience for attendees, including panel discussions and workshops, custom installations, a series of special events, and an opening night party to benefit Heal the Bay.

WestEdge featured exhibitors include:

This iconic American furniture company is dedicated to the creation of well-crafted timeless designs. Tyler Hays, a painter and sculptor, is the company founder and head designer. BDDW is known for their heirloom quality solid wood furniture, traditionally joined, in select domestic hardwoods. Their finishes are all hand rubbed with natural oils and lacquers. In beds, tables, seating, lamps and storage, BDDW has created dozens of classics and is constantly producing new and innovative work


Nominations open for Commonwealth Youth Awards

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Nominations open for Commonwealth Youth Awards

07 July 2015 – Nominations are now open for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work, which recognise outstanding young people who have had a significant impact on their communities and wider society.

Young people aged 15 to 29 years can apply for the awards, which celebrate the achievements of those who lead initiatives to enhance democracy and development, from poverty alleviation to climate change, to peace building.

The awards are open to young people from countries across the Commonwealth. In addition to four regional award winners, one exceptional entrant will be recognised as Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2016 for Excellence in Development Work.

Ms Katherine Ellis, Director of Youth at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “These awards recognise pioneering individuals who are creating change for the better in their communities. The inspirational young social entrepreneurs, human rights defenders, climate change activists, peace-builders, and many more, all join the ranks of the Commonwealth’s bright young leaders.”

Usiminas Technological Park / SUBdV

Designed for USIMINAS, one of the largest producers of steel in the Americas, the building is aimed at creating a positive effect in strengthening the image of steel production. The monolithic appearance is combined with a wealth of detail on the outer surface. The project premise refers to the current state of Brazilian architecture, stating that technology and digital tools allowing interaction between design and manufacturing have been poorly adopted.

Exhibition Review: The Biennial of the Americas

For the second Biennial of the Americas, executive curator Carson Chan has turned the city of Denver into a giant outdoor exhibition space.

New map shows where large mammals would exist without humans

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How would the world look if humans had never spread out across the Earth? For a start, we’d have a lot more forest, much less pollution, and the stars would look unbelievably bright. But, as a new map shows, the planet would also be absolutely teeming with large mammals, from the Serengeti to Northern Europe and all the way across the Americas. Researchers at Denmark’s Aarhus University have created a global map which shows the distribution of large mammals as it may have been if humans had never left Africa.