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Achieving Urban Happiness

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What makes a happy city? Cities are generally designed around the idea of good governance, efficient transportation and service provision to name a few but what about the human element? The city after all is of little importance if it is not designed to meet the needs of the people,  to foster social networks and allow communities to grow.  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 about Casablanca’s new tramway, lessons from Singapore’s “people first” planning strategies and a TED Talk by the creator of the Inside Out Project, JR.
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OpenCity Partners With Picnic Festival 2011

We’re pleased to announce that we are a partner of PICNIC Festival 2011!

PICNIC Festival is an annual three-day event that blurs the lines between creativity, science, technology and business to explore new solutions in the spirit of co-
creation. This year’s theme is right up our alley—Urban Futures with a focus on sustainability, infrastructure, society, design and media. PICNIC Festival 2011 takes place from 14 to 16 September at NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam.

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It’s All in the Details For Vancouver’s Sea Wall

By Jake Tobin Garrett

Vancouver has always been good at paying attention to the smaller design details that work to make up the larger picture. A walk along the lengthy, winding and continuous seawall that envelopes the downtown core and parts of False Creek is a lesson in details, with well-designed street furniture, beautifully landscaped parks, scatterings of public art, and a thoughtfully integrated system for both pedestrians and cyclists. It’s often said that Vancouver is a city that lives on its edges, and the seawall definitely helps propagate that.

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Making Connections at Richmond Street West

By Jake Tobin Garrett

401 Richmond in downtown Toronto is an adaptive reuse of an old tin factory into a hub of artist studios and galleries. Located at the corner of Spadina Ave and Richmond St West, this huge brick building extends its exterior, dotted with old loading docks, one entire full block east to Peter St. Up until just a few months ago, however, the south side of this stretch of road had no sidewalk. In order to walk east, you had to cross the street and use the thin strip of sidewalk there.

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