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
A relatively ordinary street underwent a radical transformation over the winter holidays into a beautiful shopping and pedestrian plaza called ‘Winter Walk SF’. Two blocks of Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary Street in the heart of Los Angeles’s Union
Square changed for one month into an entertainment complex with special entertainment, regular live performances and festive surprises.
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 war on the Little Free Library, stigma-shattering social housing and DIY public space in Turkey.
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.