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Jane JacobsI have been digging into Jane Jacobs’s books recently and was excited to find this 1993 video yesterday.

[ Read an Excerpt of Jane Jacobs’s last book – DARK AGE AHEAD ]

In this video, Jacobs and Lee Cullum discuss the renewal and morality of cities in the Dallas Institute of Humanity and Culture’s 1993 “What Makes a City Conference: The Sacred Center.”

If you’re interested in hearing Jane Jacobs, start the video at 14:30. Before that point, there’s a LONG intro about the lecture series, which provides some context, but can easily be skipped.

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Timothy Keller - Center ChurchThe Entirely New and Entirely Familiar

A Review of

Center Church : Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

Timothy Keller

Hardback: Zondervan, 2012.
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Reviewed by Michaela Flack

A few years back, I found myself serving as a youthwork coordinator at a tiny urban church in the United Kingdom. Having lived there for three years, while completing my Bachelor’s degree, I was excited to find myself finally serving in a church full-time, ready to move into my “urban ministry calling”, listening to Tim Keller’s sermons on a Gospel Vision for the City on the bus ride to work each day. I announced to my pastor that I was planning on moving into the area where our church was (a neighborhood notorious for being the poorest public housing complex in all of the UK) in order to live and work and minister. To my surprise, I was strongly discouraged, borderline commanded from my superior not to do so. It wasn’t safe, he said. So at the end of each day, I went back to my city apartment in the (apparently safe) student area of town, and he went back to his suburban neighborhood. Six months later, with mutual agreement, I left the position and moved back to the States.

Fast forward 6 years. In my research for Tim Keller’s new book, Center Church, I took a look around its promotional website, which includes a video book trailer. Press play, and it’s hard to not be impressed by whichever media art department put this together. Continue Reading…


The Vertical Garden - Patrick BlancThe Flourishing of All Life
in A Generous Urban Form

A Review of

The Vertical Garden:

From Nature to the City.

(Revised and Updated Edition)
Patrick Blanc.
Hardback: Norton, 2012.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

You will not forget one of Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens if you’ve seen one, even just in a photograph. Lush and dense, these gardens grow up, climbing the sides of buildings, sprouting off of walls, covering entire facades, situated in lively urban places. It’s as if a square patch of ground was cut out and rotated 90 degrees, taking all of its vegetation with it. It introduces a new, distinctly urban, form of gardens. And this verticality and design makes for an unforgettable image, particularly where it rises to the scale of an entire façade, such as the Rue d’Alsace or Quai Branly Museum, both in Paris where Blanc is from and based, in which different species of plants grow in broad undulating diagonal swathes, hugging around windows and doors, and meeting the sidewalk at the ground; these gardens and more are gathered together in a new revised book, The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City.

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