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Creative placemaking in Adams Morgan

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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

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Design for Diversity – Bend the rules

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At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice. In this post, we address the importance of “bending the rules” – the final point in our manifesto. Continue reading

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July 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 July:

Passages Insolites 2016
Quebec City, Canada
June 30 – October 30, 2016

Architecture Fringe 2016
Multiple cities, Scotland
July 1 – 24, 2016

Festival of India
Toronto, Canada
July 16-17, 2016

Urban Reactivation Festival
Villena, Spain
July 23 – 30, 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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Our Treasures are Within

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DOT Art presents, “Our Treasures are Within,” a mural painted within a 100-foot pedestrian tunnel at 88th Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Manor, Queens. Joel Bergner’s brightly colored narrative mural was the finishing touch of the transformation, creating an inviting corridor for pedestrians of all ages. “Our Treasures are Within” celebrates the empowerment of youth. Prior to installation, the artist hosted workshops with students from the neighboring school, St. Gregory the Great School, to develop concepts and designs for the mural. Continue reading

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Design for Diversity – Tap local talent/diversify your team

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At OpenCity, we have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates diverse people to spend time in a place and connect with others. Design for Diversity is a new way of viewing, planning and designing public space through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Over the coming weeks we will unpack the Design for Diversity manifesto to ease planners and city lovers into the practice.  Continue reading

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Positivity, freedom, love and nature

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In the small Italian town of Arcugnano, 5 murals grace the walls of the local kindergarten. Okuda San Miguel was invited to participate in the 3rd edition of the “Art in the Streets” project where he and his assistant Antonyo Marest used bold colours and patterns to connect the art to the surrounding community. In his own words, Okuda describes how his process was impacted by the children, parents and teachers  of Arcugnano: “I had a project in mind but in Arcugnano I changed my mind to leave a message of positivity, freedom, love and nature”. Continue reading

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