The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is interested in more than just cities and marketplaces. We like funny stuff and pretty stuff as well.


IsabelJ: How to Not Fuck up SXSW


  1. Don’t prematurely blow your load

An endless supply of free alcohol all day and all night for several days is enticing, but don’t be the dude who’s partied out by 3 pm everyday. I understand that we all have our slip ups, but pace yourself so you don’t miss out on the night shows. In…


by Koji Kakiuchi / Yaomitsu designing department, in Iwate, 2011, Japan

Using traditional japanese construction methods, they created a small open-air shelter conceived at a scale of a DIY project, which involves the notion of memory and time. In fact the construction sits on the some remaining foundation of the homes, that were swept away during the March 2011 tsunami. It took only 8 hours to assemble this simple cabin, so people are encouraged to do the same across the area with the goal to provide a space for victims to meet and exchange words about their past, present and future.


Edward Glaeser on why cities matter

Glaeser always manages to tell a big story in just a few words. Interesting short talk on the why and how of succesful American cities.

“The American Dream doesn’t have to be a white picket fence in suburbia.”


Body Bakery: Bread imitating Gore  by Kittiwat Unarrom

This brings weird to a whole new level. Thai Fine Art student and artist Kittiwat Unarrom is the son of a baker. All that baking exposure growing up has been a clear influence, but his artistic need to see things a little differently definitely flared up as he created the tacitly named “Body Bakery” – brutally, gruesomely, almost unbelievably realistic looking sculptures of dismembered human body parts sculpted entirely from bread.

With a master in Fine Arts Kittiwat Unarrom creates sculpture in bread. Not just normal sculpture but horror, dark art, gore, something I don’t know if I could actually eat. Located in Ratchaburi, Thailand Kittiwat creates feet, hands, heads, and internal organs among other body parts all entirely edible and for sale at his family’s bakery. He skillfully paints each piece to look terrifying to the observer/customer.

CITY BREATHS: Public Home - Private City


Dutch graphic artist Urlie Verduyn Lunel has done a wonderful project about the vanishing distinctions between private and public life. People are increasingly giving away their privacy by displaying their more intimate sides on the internet or having loud personal phone conversations on…

Retro-fitting existing cities with smart solutions is the urban challenge of the 21st century


Retro-fitting existing cities with smart solutions is the urban challenge of the 21st century

New tools created by the ICT industry have the potential to help city governments address the growing range of challenges that they are facing. However, the tools themselves are not a “silver bullet” that will solve urban problems in one stroke. Deploying them will require a new discipline of digital urban renewal and a philosophy that incorporates both political leadership and open collaboration.

via humanscalecities