Category Archives: Design

Positivity, freedom, love and nature

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In the small Italian town of Arcugnano, 5 murals grace the walls of the local kindergarten. Okuda San Miguel was invited to participate in the 3rd edition of the “Art in the Streets” project where he and his assistant Antonyo Marest used bold colours and patterns to connect the art to the surrounding community. In his own words, Okuda describes how his process was impacted by the children, parents and teachers  of Arcugnano: “I had a project in mind but in Arcugnano I changed my mind to leave a message of positivity, freedom, love and nature”. Continue reading

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Design for Diversity Manifesto

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Since 2006, OpenCity Projects has showcased how excellent public spaces and urban design help make our cities more beautiful, diverse, sustainable, and inclusive.

We have often looked to Toronto for inspiration. It’s a city of newcomers, where immigration is embraced and where almost 50% of its population have been born outside Canada. Here we’ve seen that when people mix together and integrate well with each other and their spaces everyone can live and grow together, peacefully.

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Set in the Street

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Brooklyn-based photographer Justin Bettman is turning unwanted and discarded materials into alfresco living rooms in various cities around the world. Set in the Street is a collection of elaborate living room sets erected in public space. After Bettman is finished shooting photos in the spaces, the sets are left up on the street, where passersby are invited to shoot their own photos.  Continue reading

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Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa River Walk

Tampa Bay’s waterfront, set along a portion of the 54 mile long Hillsborough River, was historically an industrial port. As a project that has slowly been carried through with six mayors, this entire area of Tampa Bay has witnessed significant redevelopment, primarily with the waterfront being opened up to the public after the concept was initiated nearly forty years ago. Though the Tampa Riverwalk took years to redevelop, major parks were established first along the downtown channels and river, where they soon became major destinations for community gatherings and general public open space.
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The People’s Canopy

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People’s Architecture Office and In Certain Places created People’s Canopy, a mobile intervention designed to revitalize underused places in Preston’s city-centre. The aim of People’s Canopy is to encourage exchange and new (visual) connections between the university and the city center, using a two-story high, expandable red roof-structure on bicycle wheels. Continue reading

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