Category Archives: Identity

Pop-ups in Budapest

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In recent years, there has been an emerging trend of using pop-up shops and temporary structures as a way to intensify public spaces. A particularly exceptional example of this practice, which I discovered on a trip to Hungary, is the Borbar Wine Bar. Located in Budapest’s Vörösmarty Tér, a popular evening destination for locals, the outdoor bar is a unique architectural intervention that provides a commercial function and increases the activity of the public space. Continue reading

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Hamilton by Joseph Hartman

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“Hamilton” is photographer Joseph Hartman‘s largest body of work to date; it spans seven years and includes more than 40 photographs captured with a 4 x 5 view camera on colour film. Hamilton, a city best known for its steel industry, a town I grew up in, is now in a state of transition as heavy industry slowly leaves. Continue reading

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China by Scott Conarroe

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Canadian photographer Scott Conarroe is showcasing his third solo exhibition at the Stephen Bulgar Gallery entitled “China”. When Conarroe first visited Beijing in the wake of the 2008 Summer Olympics. He returned to China briefly the following year and in 2012 he began photographing that nation against the backdrop of a railway expansion that rivals America’s Interstates in both scope and intent. With imagery from this ongoing study, some earlier impressions, and a surprising new strain of street work, “China” describes a vast historical moment shot through with human-scale dramas. Continue reading

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Cascina Cuccagna

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One of the greatest threats to Milan’s urban fabric is the increasing presence of abandoned property. Plagued by these unused and degrading spaces, the city is filled with environments that offer no value to their communities. However, these properties also have great potential, presenting the opportunity for regeneration. Continue reading

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Fireworks in BCE Place

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Several weeks ago, I was walking the PATH in Toronto. When I got to BCE Place, I heard music coming from the ground level. As I ascended the elevator, I saw a small crowd of people listening to a violinist playing pop-music in the middle of the building. It was the most pleasant concert and I’ve recorded one of her sets here. The musician is Stefanie Hutka, President of Strings in Motion Inc.

Video by Richelle Sibolboro

Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects

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Revitalizing Jakarta’s Fatahillah Square

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Few cities in the world can compete with the energy and activity on the streets of Jakarta. If you’re new to the megalopolis, the heat, the noise, the smells and the sheer volume of people and traffic can easily overwhelm your senses. But it’s exhilarating to take it in and experience all the amazing and baffling things those streets have to offer. Continue reading

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