Happy New Year from OpenCity Projects! To celebrate we are reviewing the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world in 2014. This year we saw in incredible number of protests in public spaces, the rise of walkable cities around the world and cities that transformed in 2014.
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 of how a simple linear park transformed into a diverse community space, drastic anti-pollution measures taken in Paris and the many roles of your local library.
DRIVE is a nationwide journey to encourage bottom-up efforts and “drive” social innovation through design. The project documents collaborative creations with urban and rural community groups. Designed by Rotten Apple and Soft Walks, DRIVE is a six-city series that starts off in New York City and continues in Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha and Laramie. Continue reading
What happens to the ground floor of a city so dense with no choice but to build vertically? Where and what constitutes as public life and what becomes of the ground floor? This photo essay emulates the feeling of being beneath the towers and how one experiences the ground, or rather the lack of ground in this compact city. Continue reading
HOUSE OF MEGGS announces the completion of ‘Rise Up,’ David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth. 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 an infographic that shows the impact of street markets on cities, Berlin’s “playborhoods” and the worlds smartest cities.
As Emmanuelle Moureaux’s first outdoor installation, the Toyko-designed based studio has transformed the space in Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo using full spectrum of floating colors. Having high rise buildings in the background, the 100 colored strands dance in the breeze, as if they are breathing in and out, creating a dynamic motion. This is the 2nd exhibition of the ‘100 colors’ series, which she plans to exhibit in different cities around the world. Continue reading
“Shooting Thoughts” is an interactive projection by Filipe Vilas-Boas where people generate a constellation of stars by sending their thoughts with a mobile device. Connected to lasers, each thought becomes a shooting star that reaches its galaxy by using all the possible paths the architecture allows. In this case, the pillars of Saint-Eustache Church are used as launch stations that carry the star to its final destination on the ceiling via the arches and vaults. Like all of us, each star finds its place at its own speed with its individual trajectory.
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 why the best cities to live in are are cities that are bike-friendly, greening alleyways in LA and 15 designs for the next Guggenheim Museum.