“There’s more to Colombia than cocaine and coffee.”
Rey Garcia is a tour guide on a mission. In his eyes, street art is not only a legitimate art form worthy of a wider audience, but a valuable means of self-expression.
Street art is not illegal in Bogotá. The maximum penalty is akin to a parking ticket. And since relaxing restrictions in 2011, the city has seen its walls explode with color and creativity. Artists come from around the world to participate; an estimated 5,000 murals now cover the city, and new ones go up every week. 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
The Running of the Bulls, or encierro, attracts over a million thrillseekers to Pamplona every year. 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.
Against a backdrop of austerity measures and top-down planning interventions, “El Campo de Cebada” – The Barley Field, is an allusion to its former use in the 19th century – in the heart of Madrid’s La Latina neighbourhood illustrates the possibilities of upscaled participative citizenship. Formerly home to a sporting facility in 2009, the 5,500 square metre site was slated to transform into to a private market. However, a hostile atmosphere, coupled with a lack of political foresight, conspired to make the site economically unviable. And so it sat, desolate and fenced in, a veritable scar on the neighbourhood. Continue reading
Located in the former residence of the 10-story International Shoe Company, the staggering 600,000 square-foot City Museum in St. Louis could be considered the ultimate urban playground ever constructed. Continue reading
On the first weekend of May, Toronto played host to the Jane’s Walk Festival, a three day bipedal celebration of urban space, as understood by those who live it. With over 180 walks held, the city was dotted with mobile crowds that consistently attracted the curiosity of onlookers – and even led to some new participants. 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 the 20 cities that really love cycling, how scientists are using urban odors to guide better city design and playing with Legos on the High Line.