the creative pulse of cities
Place makes explores the intersection of cities and creativity through interviews with the people and places that shape them.
For Kilomet109 designer Vu Thao, each button, color, and thread is a thoughtful decision and every decision is a negotiation between design, functionality, and traditional craft.
Linh Nguyen tells us about his three venues, the creative pulse of Ho Chi Minh City, and his dreams for the future.
[ OAKLAND, CA ] M a K e s
Plan some extra time in Oakland’s Chinatown because walking through Downtown Oakland’s streets inevitably means stopping to look at exquisit street art. If you look closely, you’ll notice most of the murals in this areas are signed, “Dragon School 99.”
"I decided to do a brick and mortar store because stores act as pseudo public spaces. When you got to a new city, you stroll around and if you have a nice person in the shop  and they’re your tour guide."
"It seems like there is always something to be a part of, or to check out, which creates the creative community."
Whether it’s a jazz trio, New Orleans style brass band, or 15-person funk group, this Bar and Brewery's music curation has a way of getting people to dance and make friends with complete strangers
Octopus Literary Salon is part cafe, part gallery, part music venue, part new/used bookstore, and more.
Every first Friday of the month, a joyous celebration of Art, Music, Food, Fun, and Community takes place on the streets of Telegraph Avenue, Oakland.
Part karaoke bar, part dive, and part cocktail lounge, The Alley is an Oakland watering hole like none other.
Amongst the wave of new breweries popping up in the East Bay, Oakland’s Temescal Brewing stands a cut above the rest.
17 years strong, the Art + Soul Oakland Festival live music, art, dance and food in downtown Oakland.