The residents of Washington’s Adams Morgan neighbourhood were invited to ‘cross the street‘ and share in a public space experience. Designed to encourage community building and open dialogue, Ciudad Emergente (CEM) developed Okuplaza Fest DC in an effort to generate long-term change with the short-term actions inspired by a Latin American city plaza. Continue reading
How do we Design for Diversity? We here at OpenCity have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. In sharing our research findings in this emerging field, we aim to inspire others to design more inclusive places for culturally diverse communities. For us Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space.
Over the summer we launched a nine-point Manifesto, developed a framework and posted a series of blog posts sharing stories and ideas that unpack the Design for Diversity principles and explore how to apply them to the design process. The Design for Diversity Tool Kit, an aide for City builders interested in planning for culturally diverse communities, will be launching soon! Continue reading
In an effort to combat community isolation and “fear of the other” Ciudad Emergente the Santiago-based social enterprise that focuses on enhancing public space through tactical urbanism, developed a Malón Urbano or Urban Potluck. The simple idea of sharing a meal with neighbours has created real change at the community level. 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 the power of the bus stop, streets as places and zombie walks. 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 the finalists of thePublic Life Festival in Australia, a Philadelphia bodega that trades in stories and re-defining Los Angeles. Continue reading