As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

In Houston, the lone major city in the United States that never has enacted zoning, the actual landscape hardly matches a dire hypothetical scenario. “If you drive around Houston after you’ve been to other major cities, you’ll find that, in many ways, we look very similar,” says Patrick Walsh, the city’s planning director. “We have commercial corridors with a lot of activity and a mix of uses; residential neighborhoods that are distinct and fairly uniform.”

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In his 2010 photo series 1503, photographer Christian Tagliavini recreates 16th century Renaissance portraits in eerie stylized images. Tagliavini spent six months painstakingly handcrafting all the costumes, including the rather elaborate hats. The models’ curiously long necks were achieved through deft photo manipulation.

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“Here’s what most of us know about creativity: We know that you aren’t born with it, and that it can be learned; we know that people can be at their most in group setting; we know that the expression of creativity isn’t exclusive to the arts; and we know that you shouldn’t wait around for inspiration to strike.

But do we know that rewarding creative behaviour can stunt motivation? Do we know the creative brain depends on content just as much as it depends on imagination? Or that expecting one right answer all the time will actually prevent us from finding the right answer?”

Source: www.opencolleges.edu.au

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