On the afternoon of Saturday May 2nd, Toronto architects and urban designers James Brown and Kim Storey of Brown and Storey Architects Inc. and Office for Responsive Environments narrated a walk along the West Toronto Railpath. This walk, along with nearly 200 others this weekend, was part of Jane’s Walk in Toronto. These free, locally organized neighbourhood walking tours took place in honour of the great urbanist Jane Jacobs and her outstanding contributions to community building.
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 the importance of community access to waterfronts, going car-free for one month in South Korea and London’s duck lanes.
The city of Santiago, Chile is expanding its biking system and improving mobility as a result. The NGO Ciudad Emergente organized a public intervention to prove that a bike lane could be integrated into a busy street in the city. For one weekend, a temporary and safe 3 km bike lane was available on the three-lane street Eliodoro Yáñez from Tobalaba to Avenida Providencia. Overnight, a team of volunteers transformed one lane into a bike lane by painting lines and installing traffic cones. During the day, safety was assured by human traffic guards and a clear separation between the street and bicycle lanes. Continue reading →
A relatively ordinary street underwent a radical transformation over the winter holidays into a beautiful shopping and pedestrian plaza called ‘Winter Walk SF’. Two blocks of Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary Street in the heart of Los Angeles’s Union
Square changed for one month into an entertainment complex with special entertainment, regular live performances and festive surprises. 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 the importance of social mixing in public places, mapping NYC’s street trees and bringing attention to the world’s endangered markets.
Penda recently finished a landscape sculpture in Xiangyang, China, which consists of more than 500 perforated, vibrantly coloured steel fins varying in height. The sculpture marks the entrance gate to the largest Myrtle Tree Garden in Asia. Music, Rhythm and Dance in combination with the surrounding Landscape were the main parameters shaping ‘the Soundwave’. Continue reading →
82 Divadale Drive: not your average suburban home. Or at least, it was. In its third edition, SpaceSeriers took over an abandoned and forgotten home in the Bayview and Eglinton area before transforming it into an experimental gallery. Continue reading →
A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. The Moving Beyond Cars series offers a global tour of TDM solutions in Brazil, China, India and Mexico, providing lessons in how cities can curb car culture to make sustainable transport a reality.