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
Central stations are at the heart of urban history: they play host to the mass transportation systems that allow for the collective movement of millions into city centres. Conveniently, the rise of regional rail systems corresponded with a period of remarkable architecture, as Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical buildings sprung up as hubs for regional mobility. Continue reading
Eco-Art-Fest is a hidden gem tucked away in the historic Tormorden Mills site along the Don River in Toronto. Located within a 15-minute walk of Broadview Station, the festival first opened its doors to the public on June 20th and will remain open on weekends throughout the summer until fall 2015.
What makes a MONSTRUM playground different from your average, every day site? Well, everything! The Danish design studio has spent the last 12 years, reinventing the notion of parks through artistic and design related thematic areas that fascinates and inspires
both adults and children. 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 graffiti from Greece, story time with strangers in New York and streets going car free in Singapore.
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.