Times Square marquees, roadside signs, and advertising logos are the stock-in-trade for giant neon signs. Martin Creed has adapted the medium for his own colossal sign, proclaiming a word rather than selling a product. His chosen word, “understanding,” is fundamental to communication between people. Continue reading
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
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 public spaces in Europe, putting Jane Jacobs to the test in Italian cities and the dollar value of urban trees. 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 a amazing civic innovations to make more inclusive cities, how building bike infrastructure will increase ridership and unexpected spaces in Milan. Continue reading
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.
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 a sit-down with Janette Sadik-Khan, an Instagram tour of Lagos and a collection of parklets to kick off spring. Continue reading
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
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 a booming Brooklyn, an app that encourages you to take the long way home and designing parks in downtown LA. Continue reading
The new Santa Monica church in Madrid, designed by Vicens + Ramos, brings a fresh form to an ancient function. Continue reading
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.