A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. The Moving Beyond Cars series offers a global tour of TDM solutions in Brazil, China, India and Mexico, providing lessons in how cities can curb car culture to make sustainable transport a reality.
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 stories about transforming parking spots to bike lanes, re-designing cities for the elderly and creating spaces for peace, dialogue and coexistence. Continue reading
London-based Canadian designer, Philippe Malouin, is the latest to re-imagine Caesarstone’s diverse surfacing. At the latest Interior Design Show in Toronto, the brand debuted Swings, a playful gesture which takes the composite stone out of its context and re-appropriates it in a surreal installation.
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