Category Archive: Methods

Why a Museum of the Future now, in Mexico

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This is a guest post from Kate Balug, an artist and producer of cultural urban projects. Her current research includes an examination of critical imagination as a tool to redefine urban paradigms, intervention… Continue reading

Intercultural Planning and Cultural Competency

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This is a guest post by Ian Adelman, a graduate student in urban planning at Tufts University. On April 6th I participated in the “Skill Building for the Intercultural Planner: A Cultural Competency… Continue reading

Who We’re Listening To…Caesar McDowell and the Intelligent, Equitable City

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Not too long ago, at a forum sponsored by the National Building Museum, the Rockefeller Foundation, and IBM on “Intelligent Cities,” Caesar McDowell delivered a presentation touching on three projected trends of future global… Continue reading

Call for Papers: Design Ethnography : Ethnographic Design

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American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 14-18, 2012 Organizers: Maria Lucia Vidart (Rice University) and Zakcq Lockrem (Social Agency Lab) Discussant: Keith Murphy (University of California-Irvine) In recent years, anthropologists… Continue reading

Plurale Tantum: A Look Back to Let The Conversations Continue!

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A little over a year ago we opened this space on the Internet to start a conversation. We decided to call it Plurale Tantum, which translates literally from Latin to mean, Plural Only.… Continue reading

Reading and Constructing Spatial Narratives Part 2

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This is an entry by guest author Christina Calabrese, an urban planner and designer from Brooklyn, NY. This is the second in a series of articles based on her graduate thesis, Reading and… Continue reading

Reading and Constructing Spatial Narratives Part 1

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This is an entry by guest author Christina Calabrese, an urban planner and designer from Brooklyn, NY. This is the first in a series of articles based on her graduate thesis, Reading and… Continue reading

So… what IS Plurale Tantum? Reflecting on the theory behind the blog.

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Recently, the resident authors of Plurale Tantum were asked to participate in the Congress of New Urbanism’s NextGen Symposium, on the topic of “Cultural Urbanism.” Upon hearing this, someone emailed me saying, “Hey!… Continue reading

Planning and Ethnography: what looking out my window says about our methods

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My partner and I often joke that our respective interests have gotten closer and closer over time, to the point that we have begun to wonder when they will simply merge. She is… Continue reading