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 high-tech streets, a new way to engage with Philadelphia’s least heard residents and typographic manspreading on London’s tube. Continue reading
While most of us complain about the subway commute (too crowded, too slow, you name it), Thomas C. Knox, a business specialist at Apple, has been using it as an opportunity to meet new people and transform the otherwise “monotonous and inhospitable commute.” His project, Date While You Wait which began as a Kickstarter campaign, sounds romantic but is more about the serendipitous connections that can be made, just by changing the social architecture of the subway platform. Continue reading
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
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 why race matters in planning public parks, building infrastructure for more inclusive communities and bus stop farmers markets. Continue reading
Brooklyn-based photographer Justin Bettman is turning unwanted and discarded materials into alfresco living rooms in various cities around the world. Set in the Street is a collection of elaborate living room sets erected in public space. After Bettman is finished shooting photos in the spaces, the sets are left up on the street, where passersby are invited to shoot their own photos. Continue reading
“That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project.” – Kurt Perschke
In 2009, Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, squeezed its way around the streets and plazas of Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, England, Barcelona, St. Louis, Korea, Portland, Sydney, Arizona, Chicago and Toronto. The engaging and playful project proved to tap into the imagination embedded in the spectator.