Urban Omnibus is an online publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking. We explore projects and perspectives in architecture, art, policy, and activism – tried and tested in New York City – that offer new ways of understanding, representing, and improving urban life and landscape worldwide.
The publication consists of three principal streams of online content. Each of our weekly featuresshowcases and contextualizes original and exemplary ideas for interpreting or intervening in the built environment of New York. Regular posts to our forum offer recaps and reviews of lectures, exhibitions, books, and symposia as well as updates on feature topics, suggestions for upcoming events or sites of interest around the city, artists’ portfolios, and news we think would be of interest to our readers. Quarterly special projects include longer-term multimedia productions, often in collaboration with other organizations or in coordination with Architectural League programs, exhibitions, or design studies.We also encourage our audience to get out and explore the city, to meet one another and discuss the issues and ideas we present on the website. We host meet-ups to take a closer look at intriguing and underappreciated places and hear from people involved in their design, planning, or study. Occasional public programs, such as a panel discussion on the Future of Zone A or a talk by A Country of Cities author Vishaan Chakrabarti, offer an opportunity to further examine topics broached online. Our annual Block Party benefit event allows us to meet and make merry with our readers and contributors in a different venue each year. And the Urban Omnibus Supper Series invites conversation and debate, accompanied by great food and drink, about important topics related to the future of our cities. Each evening focuses on a single topic; future installments in 2014-15 will explore issues of public housing, manufacturing, food systems, and the cultural landscape. (To learn more about attending Supper Series events, email us at info(at)urbanomnibus(dot)net.)
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