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 250 “alternative” blocks of sidewalks in Seattle, love letters for that special city in your life and New York City plants its millionth tree. Continue reading
The City of Toronto announces a partnership with visionary philanthropists and Waterfront Toronto to reclaim unused space under major elevated highway. The City of Toronto, together with private donors Judy and Wil Matthews and Waterfront Toronto announced a $25-million partnership that will create a new public landscape beneath a large section of the Gardiner Expressway. In making the announcement, Judy Matthews was joined by Mayor John Tory, Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell, and other city officials and residents. Continue reading
In a recent staff report the City of Toronto has recommended 41 KM of new bike lanes, including a pilot project for Bloor Street – a highly contested battleground in the “war on the car”.
Bikers and drivers see it, if you walk you’ve used it. A crosswalk signal, you know it well – bland, straight to the point. Sometimes, it may have some numbers next to the unisex figure. What these numbers do is count down the seconds you have to race down the street before a symphony of car horns erupt to tell you, your time is up. The signs work well and go unnoticed, there seems to be no need to address the topic; and so the story begins. Continue reading
The following is an interview with Toronto dancer, Bo Lam, who finds constant inspiration in occupation of city space through diverse artistic endeavours. Continue reading
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What does the future of hold for New York City? To maintain its stature as one of the world’s great global cities, New York City continues to cultivate opportunities and nurture innovation in all spheres. MAS Summit for New York City, presented by the Municipal Art Society invited over 1000 innovative city shapers and thought leaders to discuss the summit themes of: Development, Density and Diversity – explored the balancing act of users and uses and the challenge of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient – and liveable – for all New Yorkers. Continue reading
Although I’ve always been more of a lurker, I’m an avid consumer of social media and user-generated content. Writing about public spaces for OpenCity has led me to draw parallels between physical and digital public spaces and to think about how the Internet can bring strangers together. Continue reading
Aerial videographer Ian Wood has created a cinematic short exploring all Los Angeles has to offer by way of architecture, street art and natural beauty. “I continue to be awe struck by how much of this vast city I have partially or completely overlooked before undertaking this video. And like most voyages of discovery, I’ve realize there’s so much more to find,” Wood describes. For a complete map of the locations click here.
The ‘Wentworth Stairs’ is one of five set’s of staircases that run down the Hamilton Escarpment. Consisting of 498 steps, it is the largest structure compared to the others, running from the bottom of Wentworth to Upper Wentworth and Mountain Park Avenue. But there was a time when traveling up and down the face of the escarpment was not so readily accessible. Continue reading
Eco-Art-Fest is a hidden gem tucked away in the historic Tormorden Mills site along the Don River in Toronto. Located within a 15-minute walk of Broadview Station, the festival first opened its doors to the public on June 20th and will remain open on weekends throughout the summer until fall 2015.