Our Case Study in Creative Districts

BridgeThink team members Leila Valoura and Don Burton have had their case study “Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts: A Case of Creative Placemaking in the United States” published in “Creative Districts Around the World: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Bairro Alto.” On the 500 birthday of the Bairro Alto creative district in Portugal, the publishers called for case studies from international locations. New Bedford represents Massachusetts and is one of two from the US with 35 total districts represented from across the globe. The publication is a joint effort of Lusofona University, Lisbon Portugal and The Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research, in Tilburg, The Netherlands. This case study represents a continuation of BridgeThink’s efforts to highlight unique creative communities, and because of all our work with the people of New Bedford, it was an opportunity to once again shine a light on the efforts of this vibrant creative community.

An interactive map which includes all the case studies can be found here:

Our case study of New Bedford can be found here:

Photos courtesy of AHA! New Bedford. AHA! is New Bedford’s free monthly arts and culture night held every second Thursday in Downtown. For more information visit www.ahanewbedford.org

Gaming’s Call to Citizen Scientists: Canaries in a Coalmine

By Jonathan Keane

The video that greets you on your first day on the job at The Moneitree Foundation makes very little sense.

A blurred image coalesces stubbornly, revealing a coal-eyed stranger who gazes directly into the camera and grins impishly, his shaved head reflecting a dull blue glow caught from somewhere in the cave-like interior in which he filmed.

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Podcast With FilmTecknarna Director & Animator Lucas Zanotto


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Starting out as a product and graphic designer before moving to motion graphics and directing, Lucas Zanotto fuses classic stop-motion animation with digital motion graphics

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Global Dialogue with Lucas Zanotto of FilmTecknarna

by Don Burton

We’re fielding comments and questions for director and motion graphics artist, Lucas Zanotto of FilmTecknarna, the Stockholm & NY based design company known for fusing live action, 2D and 3D animation.  Lucas will be sitting down to record a podcast with us on Thursday 8/19 at 10 am EST.

If you’d like to ask Lucas a question leave a comment or question below or on our Twitter: @bridgethink or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BridgeThink/310942806763

We’ll ID anyone who’s comment we include in the podcast.

Zanotto started his career as a product and graphic designer before moving into motion graphics and directing. He fuses hand drawn and stop-action animation with digital motion graphics to produce a simple yet beautiful blend of whimsy and gravity. Please check out his work here: http://www.filmtecknarna.se/directors/work/?director=29

Looking forward to bringing YOUR questions to Lucas!

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