The 2014 Ford Trends Conference – The Recap

Ford Trends Conf

The Ford Motor Company has been innovating, disrupting and shifting paradigms since the turn of the last century. Their annual Ford Trends conference is all about getting thought leaders, influencers as well as Ford designers and engineers together to discuss, dissect and discern future trends shaping not just the automotive world but the wider world as well.

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NY building shows how mod design stacks up as cool | SFGate

By JENNIFER PELTZ | Associated Press

The Stack - Inwood - Modular Building

A reflection in the window of a local storefront captures a seven-story modern modular apartment building, center, between decades-old residences, in the Inwood neighborhood of New York City. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews | AP)

In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It’s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation’s apartment capital.

Called the Stack, the building near Manhattan’s northern tip aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, modular doesn’t have to mean monotonous. Its chunky front embraces its building-block roots, but the apartments’ interiors defy their boxy components with varied floor plans and stylish fixtures and finishes.

Read more: NY building shows how mod design stacks up as cool – SFGate.

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Uptown Video: Camille Safiya @ NXNE Toronto

Take a behind-the-scenes trip up to the NXNE Festival in Toronto with the super talented songstress Camille Safiya. Check out this really cool short on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a star in the making.

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Time Travel Tuesdays: For a Patient Backwater, a Plan for Revival | NY Times

By ALEX MINDLIN
Published: July 16, 2006

Sherman Creek

A makeshift home at a dead end in forlorn Sherman Creek. (Photo: Nicole Bengiveno | NY Times)

Someone has sawed a man-size hole into the tin sheet separating 204th Street from the Harlem River, and strung Christmas lights around the opening. It is a fitting act of do-it-yourself urban design for Sherman Creek, a desolate neighborhood that has never had much of the city-sponsored kind.

Despite decades of debate, New York’s planners have never managed to inspire much development among the parking lots, trash-strewn streets and one-story warehouses of the area, a 100-acre waterfront neighborhood where riverside streets are often capped with sheets of corrugated tin. Sherman Creek is among Manhattan’s largest remaining tracts of land with little housing or commerce.

Read more: For a Patient Backwater, a Plan for Revival – New York Times.

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Uptown Tech Talk: The Amazon Fire Phone

AT&T - Amazon - Fire - Uptown Collective

Shout out to the good folks at AT&T for giving me the opportunity to test drive the brand new Amazon Fire Phone last week at their Mobility Tech Innovation Event. The Amazon Fire is the very first smartphone designed by Amazon and is available for purchase as of today. Even though I am an ardent devotee of everything Apple, I was seriously blown away by the tech and thought that went into this elegant piece of hardware.

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Spread Love: The 32nd Annual Festival Santiago Apostol de Loiza a El Barrio

The 32nd Annual Festival Santiago Apostal de Loiza a El Barrio takes place this week from July 25th to the 27th. The festival will be a free three-day cultural celebration located at 105th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues.

This year’s 32nd anniversary brings a diverse community together in celebration of a centuries’ old tradition steeped in African roots mixed with Spanish culture and Caribbean flavor. A project of Hermanos Fraternos de loiza Aldea in partnership with The Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI) and El Barrio-Taino Tower, the festival will follow the legendary tradition of dedicating each day to celebrating the contributions of men, women and children – highlighting and honoring outstanding leaders through the newly formed Loiza Award committee. Visitors can expect artisans, traditional live music, dancing, food, child-friendly activities, vendors, and more.

For more:  July 25-27, 2014 | The 32nd Annual Festival Santiago Apostol de Loiza a El Barrio.

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