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No love for locks

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Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to Brooklyn Bridge where a recent trend of attaching padlocks, or “love locks” to the bridge’s pedestrian promenade has been on the rise, echoing the romantic gesture made popular by tourists at Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. But the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has declared that enough is enough. The agency has announced plans to hang signs prohibiting love locks and other items, and will impose fines of $100 for those unwilling to abide by the new rule. Continue reading

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Open Wide

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Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan have created a temporary pavilion in the Austrian city of Graz that welcomes both locals and visitors to the fair programs. ‘Open Wide’ is a vibrant and friendly arrival area that can be seen rising through the trees across the park, inviting passersby to enter inside and share ideas. Continue reading

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Wind Flowers by John Dickson

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Dotting the section of Toronto’s West Island shore line some bizarre species of plant, John Dickson’s Wind Flowers are activated by Lake Ontario’s winds. The installation is part of the in/future, a festival of art and music in the abandoned Ontario Place. Made from repurposed cymbals, Wind Flowers respond to the power of the breeze, ranging in intensity from gentle buzzing to dissonant clanging.  Continue reading

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Kensington Road Mural

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If you are familiar with Toronto, you will know that street art is nothing new to the city’s vibrant Kensington Market area but this is officially bananas (and carrots). A group of local volunteers known as the Toronto Public Space Committee painted the city’s first road mural in the middle of Baldwin Street.  Continue reading

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Scadding Court: Design for Diversity Spotlight

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Most urban planners and city leaders agree that diversity is key to creating healthy, inclusive communities but this rarely translates to the day-to-day living experience. We at OpenCity have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates people to spend time in a place and connect with others. We turned our attention to existing public spaces, that have evolved organically, and found some great examples in Toronto. Scadding Court is one of those unique and inclusive spaces in the city that welcomes and connects a diverse group of citizens.
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September Events

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Design, placemaking and street festivals will mark the month of September. From London’s first Design Biennale to a YIMBY Festival in Toronto,  here are just a few events taking place this month:

London Design Biennale
London, UK
September 7 – 27, 2016

Placemaking Week
Vancouver, BC
September 12 – 17, 2016

OpenStreets TO
Toronto, ON
September 18, 2016

YIMBY Festival
Toronto, ON
September 24,  2016

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Spinning tops and summer streets

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“Los Trompos (Spinning Tops),” a set of six, eight-foot-tall interactive seating elements, created by Mexican-based design team Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena was placed within the Astor Place Rest Stop all three Summer Streets Saturdays. Inspired by the popular children’s toy, the seating elements enabled Citi Summer Streets participants to experience a life-sized “spinning top” first hand as they twisted around and within the sculptures. Continue reading

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