OpenCity Weekly Review

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 articles focused on community engagement through creative reuse of space and public art installations from giant pillows in Vancouver to art in odd places in New York City (plus a cool infographic for good measure).

  • Relax in Style with these Canadian “Pop Rocks”
  • Commissioned by the City of Vancouver, AFDJ Studios’ Pop Rocks architectural installation transformed Vancouver’s heavily trafficked Robson Street into a pillowy playground. Not only are these “pop rocks” a comfortable respite for pedestrians, they are made entirely of post-industrial waste. (via Architizer)
  • Exploring Art in Odd Places 2012: Model
  • Initially conceptualized as a way to make art more accessible to the public, Art in Odd Places is an annual 10-day public art and design festival spanning New York’s 14th Street. Installations vary from interactive to contemplative, effectively enticing citizens with their surroundings. (via Hyperallergic)
  • The Making of the New Main Street in NYC
  • A Brooklyn neighbourhood is uplifted through the creative reuse of salvaged shipping containers. A once empty lot was transformed into market space, urban garden plots and a centre for performing arts, spurring creative entrepreneurship to reinvigorate a community. (via The Atlantic)
  • An Infographic Breakdown of the World’s Greenest Cities
  • A deconstructive look at what makes a city “green”. This infographic highlights each city’s approach to various sustainability indicators including green space, automobile use, carbon dioxide emissions and recycling to name a few. (via Co.Exist)

Photo by Stephen Rees from Flickr (cc).

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