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My Paris: Seduced by the Past

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The New York Times: The streets of the Marais are narrow enough in some places that sunlight pierces the shadowy canyons between its soaring Renaissance-era buildings for just a few hours a day. At night the lanes take on a mysterious, medieval air when streetlamps sputter to life, casting a sheen on timeworn turrets, carved doors and stone mansions. Slip …

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Trump’s Immigration Order Could Affect Thousands Of College Students

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FiveThirtyEight: When President Trump signed an executive order Friday temporarily preventing citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., a group of nonimmigrants was swept up in the ensuing chaos over who the ban would apply to: college students. Two undergraduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where spring semester classes don’t begin until next week, are among those who have …

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How Trump’s Executive Order Could Affect College Students

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The Atlantic: In the aftermath of the Trump administration’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries to the United States, universities and scholars across the country are grappling with what the restrictions mean for their students—and for scholarship more broadly. Fatemeh Keshavarz is the director of both the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the …

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How universities are responding to Trump’s travel ban

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USA TODAY College: Chaos erupted at airports and in cities across the country this weekend after President Trump signed a controversial executive order Friday barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. A federal judge issued a ruling late Saturday to temporarily allow people who landed in U.S. or those who are in transit and hold a valid visa to remain. But …

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Tiny Green Embassy hut in Aarhus invites public to experience urban gardening

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Inhabit: The city of Aarhus, Denmark is not about to let a little concrete keep its citizens from experiencing the pleasures of urban gardening. Architect Steffen Impgaard created The Green Embassy, a wooden gardening hut open to the public so that those lacking their own green space can still enjoy the thrill of growing their own food.  Read more.

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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

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PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

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NY Times: Just over half of America, having voted for Hillary Clinton, awoke the next morning to a country that seems not only unfamiliar but upside-down. Populists embrace a celebrity billionaire, evangelicals welcome a foul-mouthed Lothario, conservatives accept an opportunist whose only ideological commitment is to himself. The Republican establishment proves helpless against the hijacking of the party, the mainstream …

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What Disney’s city of the future, built to look like the past, says about the present

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The Economist: OUTSIDE the white fence is all strip malls, motels and resort villages. Come off the six-lane highway at the spaghetti junction where Interstate 4 meets Highway 192, go past the ornamental water tower, and you are in Celebration, a town of the sort that America stopped building in the 1950s. Most of its 4,000 homes are small by …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

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The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

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Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …