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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 New York as an urban laboratory, a community street quilt in New Jersey and Detroit as the only American city to be designated a City of Design by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. 

Detroit – City of Design
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network recently recognized Detroit as a “City of Design”. The network was formed in order to promote and connect cities that identify a creative field as an opportunity for sustainable urban development. Member cities collaborate with each other, promote each other, and share best practices with each other (via model D)

Technology and the emerging science of cities 
Researches from NYU’s Centre for Urban Science and Progress are treating New York as an urban laboratory. They hope to turn data generated every day by people in New York into a sustainable design for living that could become a template for digital cities world-wide. (via Wall Street Journal)

Community street quilt
In Montclair, New Jersey, a neighborhood has come together to help make their community a safe and vibrant place. A group of concerned parents, kids, local businesses, and institutions executed the first iteration of a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Placemaking project which is made up of a “patchwork” of painted intersections throughout the community.(via FastCo Exist)

Photo by Michigan Municipal League from Flickr CC

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