Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you playful interventions in Toronto’s urban environment, the best and worst public squares around the world, bottom-up Philadelphia street redesigns, and an apartment under a bridge in Berlin.
Toronto’s assets, like its energy, may elude the first-time visitor, especially during the winter months. The most special qualities — changing neighbourhoods, mixing cultures, spaces and people — lie under the surface and are best found not by tourists but by the explorer or resident. As a recent resident, I’m noticing changes to the energy of my West Queen West neighbourhood.