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 pedestrians first plan in Kansas City, Tinder for planning and how on a day of protest, every city belonged to its pedestrians. Continue reading
The Heidelberg Project, a public art initiative created by painter/sculptor Tyree Guyton, aims to revitalize a community in east Detroit through art. The eclectic project runs along Heidelberg Street and spans approximately two blocks. Brightly coloured houses and patterned sidewalks line the street, with installation and sculptures that fill the spaces in between. The project started in 1986, as Guyton noticed the decay of his neighbourhood and sought to bring people together. It has grown since then and has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from each year. While this year marked three decades of the Heidelberg Project, it also came with the announcement that the project will soon be dismantled. Continue reading
As 2016 comes to a close we would like to take a look at what made this year so memorable. We explored innovative programs from around the world that focused on cultural diversity, inclusion and community building. We also launched Design for Diversity in 2016. For us, it is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space that will work to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for all people. Our work won’t stop in 2017 either. The Design for Diversity Tool Kit, an aide for City builders interested in planning for culturally diverse communities, will be launching in 2017. Continue reading
The residents of Washington’s Adams Morgan neighbourhood were invited to ‘cross the street‘ and share in a public space experience. Designed to encourage community building and open dialogue, Ciudad Emergente (CEM) developed Okuplaza Fest DC in an effort to generate long-term change with the short-term actions inspired by a Latin American city plaza. Continue reading
DOT Art presents, “We Call this Place Home,” a series of 124 sculptures mounted on drive rail posts by artist team Chat Travieso and Sam Holleran in collaboration with State Senator Daniel Squadron and Hester Street Collaborative (HSC). HSC uses design as a tool for social change and believes that youth and engaged residents are among a community’s greatest assets. The team conducted workshops at local neighborhood community centers and modeled the brightly colored abstract shapes after drawings created by members of the Two Bridges/Lower East Side community. Continue reading
Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan have created a temporary pavilion in the Austrian city of Graz that welcomes both locals and visitors to the fair programs. ‘Open Wide’ is a vibrant and friendly arrival area that can be seen rising through the trees across the park, inviting passersby to enter inside and share ideas. Continue reading
Most urban planners and city leaders agree that diversity is key to creating healthy, inclusive communities but this rarely translates to the day-to-day living experience. We at OpenCity have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates people to spend time in a place and connect with others. We turned our attention to existing public spaces, that have evolved organically, and found some great examples in Toronto. Scadding Court is one of those unique and inclusive spaces in the city that welcomes and connects a diverse group of citizens.
How do we Design for Diversity? We here at OpenCity have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. In sharing our research findings in this emerging field, we aim to inspire others to design more inclusive places for culturally diverse communities. For us Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space.
Over the summer we launched a nine-point Manifesto, developed a framework and posted a series of blog posts sharing stories and ideas that unpack the Design for Diversity principles and explore how to apply them to the design process. The Design for Diversity Tool Kit, an aide for City builders interested in planning for culturally diverse communities, will be launching soon! Continue reading
At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice. In this post, we address the importance of “bending the rules” – the final point in our manifesto. 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 the redesign of Paris’ famous public squares, a look at 8 years of people-centered projects and the intersections of people and place in cities. Continue reading