Category Archives: Portland

August Events

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It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing; take time to explore, play and enjoy your city’s public spaces. Here are just a few events taking place in the month of August:

Summer Streets
New York City, NY
August 6, 13, 20 2016

International Open Streets Summit
Portland, OR
August 18 – 21, 2016

OpenStreets TO
Toronto, ON
August 21, 2016

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June Events

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It’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Serpentine Pavillion
London, UK
June 10 – October 9, 2016

What Can Design Do
Amsterdam, NL
June 30 – July 1, 2016

Photo by Pierre Metivier from Flickr CC

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June Events

4223284_97845a9e9f_oIt’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Barcelona Design Week
Barcelona, Spain
June 2 – 12, 2016

Village Building Convergence, City Repair
Portland, OR USA
June 3 – June 12, 2016

100in1Day
Multiple Cities
June 4, 2016

DiversityFest
Toronto, Canada
June 5, 2016

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May/June Events

dufferinIt’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

Doors Open Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
May 28 – May 29, 2016

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Village Building Convergence, City Repair
Portland, OR USA
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Harnessing the crowd to animate spaces and grow places

Battery Park - OpenCity ProjectsThere are a lot of things competing for our collective attention on the Internet. Inundated with requests to sign petitions, check out new notifications or read the live -breaking story on Twitter, it’s easy to glaze our eyes and just click “like”… or not. What does it matter, I’ve thought; nothing ever happens. I’ve felt the same with the underused or neglected spaces in my city as well. I’m sure we all have. But among the noise and in those spaces, there are great ideas and creative people working to improve their communities and bring some life to forgotten places. Continue reading

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Thirsty Cities

Toronto throws away tens of millions of water bottles every year, yet Toronto has some of the best tap water in the world.

Only 20 years ago, water bottles were rare, found in “fancy” carbonated waters from Europe or some other speciality brand. What did people do when the got thirsty? Pop or juice maybe? Sure sometimes, but they often turned to a public drinking fountain to quench their thirst. And because of the need, drinking fountains existed in public places inside and out. In fact, like those in Portland, they often contributed to the public realm with their ornate design.

Today many of these drinking fountains have fallen victim to budget cuts or have been taken out without any outcry to save money or space as the need is filled with bottle water.

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