Category Archives: Diversity

StreetARToronto

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The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program invests in street art projects across the city, which aims to beautify public space and attribute the local culture and heritage of its host community. The program is rooted in a transformation that celebrates graffiti artwork, murals and stencil graffiti through diverse expressions, which contrast the harmful effects of vandalism. As part of StreetARToronto, the Underpass program START UP has transformed one of Toronto’s oldest communities, Corktown, and its King East pillars beneath the Richmond St E. and Adelaide St. E. overpasses. Continue reading

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Riding the Rocket

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The 15-year-old film student, Russell Wellner, spent part of the summer and the Christmas season filming a gorgeous love letter to the TTC on his Canon T3i DSLR camera. Wellner’s one-minute film features shots of Rosedale, St. George, Bloor-Yonge, and a quick front-seat burst along the Bloor-Danforth line from Christie to Castle Frank.  Continue reading

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Sound City Project

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The urban landscape is made up of more than just bricks and mortar. When you walk onto the street and close your eyes, what sounds can you hear? Are they fragments of conversations? The sound of wind rustling? People arguing? Streetcars passing along? Sound City Project is a 3D soundscape created by David Vale, Rick van Mook, and Caco Teixeira that can be listened online from the comfort of your home. Continue reading

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Showing off some skills

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As I was walking downtown I noticed this young man on this bike practicing some tricks. I bet Mies van der Rohe didn’t see this as a use when he designed the TD Buildings back in the day. This is a perfect example of how public space can transform itself into an arena of self expression and imagination through the eyes of a beholder.

Video by Richelle Sibolboro

Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects

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StreetDome by Cebra Architecture

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StreetDome is an open playground and social meeting place for different ages, skill levels and cultures. It’s overall ambition is to set new standards for urban arenas for unorganised sports. It is a vast and unique urban landscape for activity and recreation including a 4.500 square metre skate park, facilities street basket, parkour, boulder climbing, canoe polo etc. Continue reading

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Extreme adaptive reuse: from Death Strip to public karaoke venue

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Sitting on the cold stones of Mauerpark’s amphitheatre, people can really surprise you. A small, timid-looking woman is called to take the stage, and as she hesitantly takes her mic and awaits her introduction, you become anxious for her. She begins her song hesitantly, laughing nervously when she misses a line in the first verse. But by the time she reaches the main chorus, she’s found her feet. She’s singing her heart out and has already won over the cheering crowd. Continue reading

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Take My Hand

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Under the theme of ‘democracy’ for the pavilion series BCN Re.Set in Barcelona, Yael Reisner and Peter Cook have collaborated to imagine and realize ‘Take My Hand’ in Plaça de la Merce. The public space has been transformed into a place for civil wedding ceremonies, which as a societal event represents a celebration of extended human rights. The inclusion of new possibilities in some countries for interfaith, non-religious, and same sex marriages provides freedoms that were previously not available. Continue reading

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