The 2014 Sochi Olympics are officially here. I, like so many, watched the opening ceremonies and marveled at the artistry and spectacle that took place within the Fisht Olympic Stadium. What most people might forget about the Games, was that Russia’s bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics was part of a broader goal to step back onto the world stage as hosts of major sporing events (the country’s last event was the Moscow Summer Olympics back in 1980.) Continue reading
Over the holidays, I was one of many who escaped the frigid cold and flew south for some much needed sun. My destination of choice was Cuba. Everyone who I talked before planning my trip to told me visiting Havana was a must. Even the locals told me that if I wanted to experience true Cuban culture, Havana was the city and place that encapsulated it all. Continue reading
There are a lot of things competing for our collective attention on the Internet. Inundated with requests to sign petitions, check out new notifications or read the live -breaking story on Twitter, it’s easy to glaze our eyes and just click “like”… or not. What does it matter, I’ve thought; nothing ever happens. I’ve felt the same with the underused or neglected spaces in my city as well. I’m sure we all have. But among the noise and in those spaces, there are great ideas and creative people working to improve their communities and bring some life to forgotten places. Continue reading
Once a thriving manufacturing powerhouse, the Rust Belt is now a vast area of urban decay and economic depression stretching across eight states in the northeastern United States. Cities in the Rust Belt have suffered significant population losses since manufacturing’s heyday in the early twentieth century—none more famously than Detroit, which has lost 61 per cent of its population in the last 60 years.
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 new solutions to sustainable slum upgrading in Dharavi, repurposing phone booths in NYC and the worlds first “parkscraper”. Continue reading
Toronto is a city that proudly celebrates its cultural diversity. Do its public spaces encourage cross-cultural interactions?
Kensington Market is a unique urban pocket of Toronto that possesses some of the city’s most dynamic public spaces and commercial quarters; plus, it exemplifies the mixed and hybrid nature of Toronto’s population. 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 civic hacking in San Francisco, a super fun public art (and sound) light installation and the best of the running with the bulls. Continue reading
The Chinatown night market mixes time-honoured traditions with Vancouver’s ever-changing face. It attracts locals, visitors, friends and families to celebrate each weekend in a uniquely historic part of the city. Continue reading
Fifty percent of the world’s population live in urban areas. By 2050 this figure is expected to increase to eighty percent. The megacity is both enchanting and scary. But how do we plan these cities in a way, which take human behaviour into account? Continue reading