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MoodBank: ATM Collects Urban Emotions

An ongoing public art intervention, New Zealand's MoodBank deals in wellbeing rather than currency, with over 1000 moods to choose from, contributing to a live mapping of emotions.
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In Photos: Reflections on City Life in Paris, Cairo & New York

In this project that combines photography and text, visual artist and writer Alya Sorour explores Cairo, Paris and New York as a flâneur - as a wanderer seeking to understand three cities that have influenced her life in various ways at different times. From desolate landscapes and voyeuristic angles, Sorour's astute observations about capitalism, society and the unintended consequences of 19th century urban design result in a collection of photographs that are at times striking, and at others, haunting. The text - an edited version of her preface to the project - explains her journey from initiation to completion and charts her attempts to grapple with urban wanderings.
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In Photos: ‘Dynamic’ Public Art Gets Montreal Dancing

Winning Montreal Museum of Fine Arts competition to develop a pedestrian street outside its entrance, Canadian architect Jean Verville's public art installation has visitors moving and grooving.
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Beyond Graffiti: Street Art for a Cause

Artists, communities and local governments are coming together to increase awareness and solve social problems through street art - once the hallmark of crime and vandalism.
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Art & the City’s Costly Affair: Quantifying Gentrification

By spatially analyzing data gleaned from photo-sharing site Flickr and mapping it alongside property prices in London, researchers have been able to confirm the link between the presence of art and increased living costs.
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Public Toilets Face an Uncertain Future in Big Cities

Many cities have eliminated maintenance costs for public toilets from their budgets, shutting them down or leaving them to fall into disarray. Meanwhile, others are paying their citizens to desist from open defecation, while a handful of entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunities afforded by the unavoidable call of nature.