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Copenhagen’s Urban Heat Island Escape

On a hot day, refuge from the heat can be found right in the centre of Copenhagen. Just a short cycle ride away from the Christianshavn Metro, the harbour baths at Islands Brygge offer Danes and visitors alike the opportunity to cool down in one of five pools while admiring the surrounding building spires and the hustle and bustle of the commute across Børsgade Knippelsbro bridge. Continue reading

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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 community spirit is a common theme. We bring you city-wide living rooms in Copenhagen  tranquil green space amid a Los Angeles traffic jam and a guide to New York’s privately owned public spaces.

City-Wide Living Rooms
A 750 meter “superpark” spans the north end of Copenhagen showcasing the multicultural fabric of the city within three colour-coded zones. The intent of the plan was to create a communal space that reflects the cultural make-up of the community.  (Via TrendHunter)

LA Urban Air
Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Glassman transforms billboard advertisements into suspended urban forests with his “Urban Air” project. The existing structure is modified to house the planters along with a water misting system and wifi network that monitors the environment. (Via GOOD)

Privately Owned Public Space
The Municipal Art Society of New York provides a key to the privately owned public space in the city along with an interactive map. The user can search for spaces by address or by selecting a preferred amenity such as seating, food service or artwork. (Via APOPS)

Photo from Jens Rost on Flickr (cc)

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A Park for All Ages: Copenhagen’s ‘Red Square’

Stepping into the Red Square, you feel as if you have entered the fantasy candyland of your childhood even though it’s halfway down Nørrebrogade, one of Copenhagen’s busiest streets in the Nørrebro area. This ‘red square’ is not of the political variety. Instead, it’s been named after the red hues that cover nearly every surface. It serves as a playground for adults and children alike and is a place in the city where adults are often seen not acting their age. (Lucky for both, there is soft padding underneath the play structures in case horseplay becomes a little too rough.) Continue reading

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Killing Time at Copenhagen’s Assistens Cemetery

Once the weather warms up and the sun comes out from its hiding place behind the clouds, an interesting thing happens in Copenhagen – the population seems to nearly triple. People and animals alike come out of hibernation and clamber for a patch of shady green grass.

From the popular sunbathers oasis that is Frederiksberg Gardens to the expansive Fælledparken, there are many places in the city for sun-seekers to occupy. However, a more modest location proves to be an unexpected hit amongst the sun starved. North American cemeteries are not overly inviting, but the Assistens Cemetery located in the trendy Nørrebro neighbourhood is unusually welcoming for a cemetery.

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Rethinking Scaffolding in Copenhagen

Tucked away from Copenhagen’s bustling main drag lies an architectural gem made from something you wouldn’t expect—scaffolding. Once construction workers have finished for the day, scaffolding is left vacant and serves as a harsh mechanism that hides the delicate building underneath. By turning the unoccupied scaffolding into a temporary Pop-Up Cafe, Danish design group Super Bau 3.0 demonstrated how construction framework can be used positively, allowing for a new appreciation of our surroundings.

The project is a result of Innosite’s Better Living Contest, which asked for innovative and creative ideas about how to transform the buildings around us to improve everyday life for both tenants and landlords. Super Bau 3.0 (Steffen Impgaard Pedersen, Trine Broe Rasmussen and Signe Nielsen Kjaer), responded to Innosite’s challenge with a first-prize solution addressing the negative conceptions surrounding city scaffolding.

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From Pop-Ups To Permanent

The Globe and Mail has noted that “Pop-Up” projects or initiatives that are run on a temporary basis in city centres at relatively little expense have come a long way and seem to be catching on around the world. From Copenhagen temporarily closing Strøget Street to cars in the 50’s to Paris currently playing with a range of installations guiding citizens and assisting with ecological initiatives, innovative urban trials are becoming all the rage. Copenhagen never re-opened Strøget Street to traffic and city official in Paris are encouraging feedback to determine which “Pop-Ups” should in fact be made permanent fixtures. Continue reading

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Car-less Kensington : A Good Idea?

I have always loved shutting down the streets in Toronto’s Kensington Market to cars for the final Sunday of every month from May through October. The streets flood with people and performers. It is obvious this is something desperately wanted by many, and some local businesses boom when it happens.

For years I, and many others, have been frustrated that we cannot shut these streets and others around the city to cars on a more regular, if not, permanent basis. I have written about this frustration in the past. It had never occurred to me that there could be a serious downside to creating a permanent no-car zone in a place like Kensington.

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