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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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Play this giant xylophone in London

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London-based pH+ created the temporary structure for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP)for this year’s edition of the London Festival of Architecture. The pavilion features walls covered in copper pipes, allowing the building to function as a huge xylophone.  The xylophone-like surfaces frame a pathway that forms the pavilion’s perimeter. Children are invited to pick up small mallets at the entrance, allowing them to make music by striking the walls.

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Sunbeds perk up an abandoned space

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The designers of No Studio from Wroclaw, Poland are creating a series of micro-installations to breath new life into neglected public spaces. Founded by Magda Szwajcowska and Michal Majewski, No Studio’s portfolio contains works that range from temporary architecture to small-scale architecture to product design. Their motto is to solve problems as opposed to creating monuments. Continue reading

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Design for Diversity – Speak their language

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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.  Continue reading

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