Public art is an indulgence. It is the makeup of our cities; the mascara that makes our eyes or a neighborhood, pop. This past weekend in Austin, Texas we celebrated art with the annual East Austin Studio Tour, affectionately known as E.A.S.T. Among all the activities, public art made its statement with a strong underlying theme running through each piece. Undoubtedly all art has its individualistic qualities that make them unique, but what delineates public art from the others is that it hopes to interact with the civilian, not one but all. Continue reading
Created by HQ architects, ‘Warde’ is an urban installation located in the heart of Jerusalem. Composed of four 9-meter high by 9-meter wide inflatable flowers, this project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the Vallero’s Square poor condition. Continue reading
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
Mounties without music. Parliament without pageantry.
This is Ottawa, but not the one you know.
Official Ottawa is a photographic study of Canada’s capital city as the seat of power – specifically, of federal power. A tabloid of 44 pictures and a brief essay by Ottawa journalist Phil Jenkins, Official Ottawa studies the ways that power manifests itself in “the architecture, functionaries, and tableaux” that embody that federal presence. Continue reading
Chicago has a long history of reinvention. After the Great Fire of 1871, the city has had to think big, dream boldly and push the boundaries of what is possible in the urban landscape. From the world’s first modern skyscraper to the iconic bungalow, Chicago has always used architecture and design to continually transform itself and its identity. This past weekend, marked another milestone for the city with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first and largest exhibition in North America dedicated to contemporary architecture. 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 before and after pictures of Hurricane Katrina 10 years later, MAD Architects new futuristic housing proposal for LA and the world’s largest outdoor mural. Continue reading
The Lastarria neighborhood is in the heart of Santiago’s city centre. It originally started with a church surrounded by houses and winding streets. Yet, the Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro was only built in 1981 in order to preserve a series of facades beginning with the historic house of Gil de Castro. Continue reading