Earlier this year Danny Cooke had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl while working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode. Described as one of the most interesting and dangerous places he has ever been. The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine happened in 1986, but the crisis is still with us today. That’s because radiation virtually never dies.
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.
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
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 look at the promising future of Skid Row in Los Angeles, NACTO’s global street design guide and 12 amazing toilets from around the world.
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 list of skyscrapers that heralded the arrival of global economic downturns, a photo series on the people and places of San Francisco and creating cheap and active environments for kids. Continue reading
For the second year, Toronto-based developer TAS has launched the Farm Lot. Located in a thin slice of land on the popular King West district of Toronto. In partnership with Fresh City, Berry Fresh Fruit Co. and the Detox Market, this activation showcases that urban spaces can be used successfully for urban agriculture and educating the public in food security. Continue reading
Festivals and events have always been a great way to attract people to public spaces and create a vibrant and social atmosphere. An important consideration that is sometimes overlooked is how they can be creatively or appropriately integrated into their physical surroundings. A noteworthy example that illustrates this potential is a temporary farmer’s market at the Sforzesco Castle in Milan.
On a quiet Sunday morning in New York City, I ventured off to the infamous Highline. With my trusty DSLR in hand, I attempted to capture the many nuanced moments along the elevated park. What I was surprised to see was despite the restricted path, the space exudes a light atmosphere amidst the urban jungle. Continue reading
In the South China Sea, 15 kilometers off the southwest coast of Nagasaki among the thousands of verdant landmasses that surround Japan, lies a mysterious island. From a distance, Gunkanjima, resembles a battleship with a geometric silhouette with a dark grey hull and hundreds of perforated small windows. The island looks like a Japanese version of Alcatraz. Photographer Marchand Meffre conceived the series during two trips in 2008 and 2012. Continue reading