Category Archives: Inclusion

Design for Diversity – Why does it matter?

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Turn on the news these days and you are likely to see stories about migration and diversity in cities that often lead to tension rooted in racial and cultural differences. An increasing number of people are migrating for a range of social, economic, political and environmental reasons. It is critical for cities, and those who love and live in them, to find ways to be more welcoming to newcomers, to be more inclusive, and design with diversity in mind. If they don’t, we face spreading intolerance, and potentially, outright xenophobia.

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Design for Diversity Manifesto

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Since 2006, OpenCity Projects has showcased how excellent public spaces and urban design help make our cities more beautiful, diverse, sustainable, and inclusive.

We have often looked to Toronto for inspiration. It’s a city of newcomers, where immigration is embraced and where almost 50% of its population have been born outside Canada. Here we’ve seen that when people mix together and integrate well with each other and their spaces everyone can live and grow together, peacefully.

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Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa River Walk

Tampa Bay’s waterfront, set along a portion of the 54 mile long Hillsborough River, was historically an industrial port. As a project that has slowly been carried through with six mayors, this entire area of Tampa Bay has witnessed significant redevelopment, primarily with the waterfront being opened up to the public after the concept was initiated nearly forty years ago. Though the Tampa Riverwalk took years to redevelop, major parks were established first along the downtown channels and river, where they soon became major destinations for community gatherings and general public open space.
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