All posts by Niki Angelis

Larger than life in Rio

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In celebration of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, artist JR has created two new public artworks in the city. The pair of installations build upon the french artist’s ongoing ‘Inside Out‘ project, but adopt a completely novel material in their realization: construction scaffolding. JR depicts two larger than life athletic figures on metal poles, placed in dramatic locations across the urban landscape of Rio. Continue reading

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August Events

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It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing; take time to explore, play and enjoy your city’s public spaces. Here are just a few events taking place in the month of August:

Summer Streets
New York City, NY
August 6, 13, 20 2016

International Open Streets Summit
Portland, OR
August 18 – 21, 2016

OpenStreets TO
Toronto, ON
August 21, 2016

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The Hills on Governors Island

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The Hills, the new park on Governors Island in New York City, opened on July 29. The park is designed by Dutch firm, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and constructed from fill made out of the demolition of  existing buildings to the site, recycled materials and steel slag. Among some of the great features is Slide Hill, which rises forty feet, and has four silver-colored slides of different lengths; one being longest slide in all of New York City.  Continue reading

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Feeling the love in Brixton

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Celebrating its 15th year, South London’s tree lined Josephine Avenue was once transformed into a bustling open air Urban Art Fair. Over 200 artists take part in the festival, showcasing their work through painting, photography, mixed media and street art. This piece by graphic designer Lilly Lou sent a particularly positive message worth sharing.  Continue reading

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Design for Diversity – Promote universal themes

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At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice. In this post, we address the importance of “promoting universal themes” – the seventh point in our manifesto.  Continue reading

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July Events

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It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing; take time to explore, play and enjoy your city’s public spaces. Here are just a few events taking place in the month of July:

Passages Insolites 2016
Quebec City, Canada
June 30 – October 30, 2016

Architecture Fringe 2016
Multiple cities, Scotland
July 1 – 24, 2016

Festival of India
Toronto, Canada
July 16-17, 2016

Urban Reactivation Festival
Villena, Spain
July 23 – 30, 2016

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