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From church to bookstore in 500 years

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Broerenkerk church has stood in Zwolle, a mid-sized city in the north of the Netherlands, since 1466. Shuttered in 1982, Broerenkerk, now called “Waanders in de Broeren,” has reopened its doors to the community as a bright, airy and exquisitely lovely bookstore. Continue reading

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you sidewalk harvesting in Amsterdam, street food out of a shipping container and a look at Olympic city’s after the games are gone.
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The Open Office for Community Participation

A new project at London’s Architecture Foundation, crafted by London-based architecture firm We Made That, aims to help communities plan their future environments by tackling the daunting task of neighbourhood planning. The Open Office Drop-In Centre is a live project space that offers an accessible forum for discussion about cities, planning and communities.

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Erasing Misconceptions at Vancouver Draw Down

By Lauren McGuire-Wood

It’s cathartic, creating something. Putting pen to paper and expressing whatever is on one’s mind. In the case of Vancouver Draw Down, this expression came from putting marker to paper.

Earlier this month, organizers of the annual Draw Down event invited Vancouverites of all ages and all manners of artistic backgrounds to 18 different venues around the city to draw something. Anything they wanted. Many among us may believe that we are incapable of producing anything artistic; Draw Down aims to break down the barriers that keep us thinking we cannot. Participants are encouraged not only to draw, doodle, and shade, but to challenge their preconceived notions of what is considered art and who is an artist. It also serves as a reminder of the purpose of good public spaces: community connection, dialogue, and, sometimes, innovation.

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