Labyrinths have long held the imagination of humanity, from Ancient Greeks to moviegoers in the 1980s. In an urban setting, labyrinths vary in temporality, from chalk drawings on sidewalks to permanent installations in parks. Importantly, labyrinths differ from mazes in that they classically have one way in, and one way out, sparing the user from the frustration of dead-ends. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you a Mexican neighbourhood that finds itself inside a giant mural, transforming Vancouver’s “dead” zones and how women are reclaiming their right to public space in Delhi.
Sage Gateshead is a 20,000 square meter cultural space designed by Foster + Partners that is renowned as an international home for music and music discovery. Located in Gateshead Quays in the North East of England, the grand structure is situated adjacent to the River Tyne.
Where once there were two parking lots on either side of Main Street in the center of downtown Fort Worth, there is now the much-loved and much-used Sundance Square. The Square has become an integral part of the downtown Fort Worth experience, hosting events both large and small, and taking on an increasing role in the life of the city. Continue reading
It started with a vacant lot; an unloved, mostly ignored, plastic-bag-and-broken-bottle-strewn patch of city. I, and am sure many others in my neighbourhood, passed by it every day. Sometimes I’d grumble about its sorry state but usually I would just ignore it. At some point, I knew, given Toronto’s current real estate frenzy, this corner would be developed, its barren ground again serving an essential function. With earphones in and a whole other three corners to survey during my commute, I could wait a while for this gap in the urban fabric to be filled.
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you Munich’s “bike autobahn”, breaking ground on Chicago’s first shared street and the winners of the 2015 Urban Habitat Awards.
The Running of the Bulls, or encierro, attracts over a million thrillseekers to Pamplona every year. Continue reading
You may know that IBM is committed to creating solutions that help cities all over the world get smarter, in order to make life in those cities better. That’s why IBM and Ogilvy joined forces to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter Cities” project, that unites city leaders and forward-thinking citizens. To spread the word, Ogilvy created outdoor advertising with a purpose: a bench, a shelter and a ramp that are not only designed to be beautiful, but to be useful to city dwellers as well. Watch the interaction unfold.
Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects
I am one of many that depend on transit to get in, around and out of the city. And, like my many commutes, my experience is less than pleasant. It’s cheap and crowded versus expensive and fast. So, despite all the negative feedback Uber has been getting in Toronto, I decided to try it. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you 10 parks that have revived their cities, adaptive reuse of car tires and sending emails to urban trees.