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Wind Flowers by John Dickson

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Dotting the section of Toronto’s West Island shore line some bizarre species of plant, John Dickson’s Wind Flowers are activated by Lake Ontario’s winds. The installation is part of the in/future, a festival of art and music in the abandoned Ontario Place. Made from repurposed cymbals, Wind Flowers respond to the power of the breeze, ranging in intensity from gentle buzzing to dissonant clanging.  Continue reading

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The Hills on Governors Island

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The Hills, the new park on Governors Island in New York City, opened on July 29. The park is designed by Dutch firm, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and constructed from fill made out of the demolition of  existing buildings to the site, recycled materials and steel slag. Among some of the great features is Slide Hill, which rises forty feet, and has four silver-colored slides of different lengths; one being longest slide in all of New York City.  Continue reading

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The Door Stops project

bus stopsRiding the bus in Detroit is not fun: Half of the city’s bus routes have been cancelled over the last decade, and waiting for a bus to show up can take as long as two hours. A new project is trying to make that wait a little more pleasant by building mobile bus shelters–and since this is Detroit, the shelters are made out of recycled parts from abandoned buildings. 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 we bring you articles featuring Brooklyn’s reimagined water tower, a Neighbourhood University in Hamburg and on creating a comfortable cycling environment for everyone.
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