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.
Sidewalks figure centrally in our experience and conception of a city. Jane Jacobs began her influential Death and Life of Great American Cities with a look at sidewalks. My work this summer has taken me to all corners of the city of Toronto, and in so doing has shown me the many forms sidewalks can take.
When we think of urban sidewalks, something like this tends to spring to mind…
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 Luminous Veil in Toronto, the New Yorkers turning vacant lots into community gardens and black vernacular architecture.
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 text-walkinglanes for all you multi-taskers, enabling communities to build their own plazas and six short-listed public space projects that enrich their communities.
Walking the streets of Valparaiso, Chile’s historic port city, one encounters a gallery in the steep hill-side streets. The sides of buildings, staircases and cobble-stone alleys are punctuated by vivid works of art that leaves little room for the banal. Continue reading
Through the NYC Parks and The Fund for Park Avenue, Marlborough Gallery has brought us seven Santiago Calatrava sculptures that will grace the Park Avenue mall from June 8th through mid-November beginning at East 52nd Street. The seven sculptures are of painted aluminum construction and range in size, with the tallest piece standing eighteen feet. Continue reading
In our everyday movement within cities, streets provide numerous uses: as a conduit between here and there; as places of planned and sporadic interaction and as sites of opportunity for economic consumption. In this way, streets provide vital infrastructure for city vitality. Increasingly, however, streets in Toronto provide more barriers than entrances, lacking effective cycling infrastructure, suitable rights of way to engender pedestrian safety and a disproportionate affinity for the private vehicle. Against this backdrop, the City of Toronto is in the process of developing a complete streets handbook to facilitate a new approach to planning and designing its streets.