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Take My Hand

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Under the theme of ‘democracy’ for the pavilion series BCN Re.Set in Barcelona, Yael Reisner and Peter Cook have collaborated to imagine and realize ‘Take My Hand’ in Plaça de la Merce. The public space has been transformed into a place for civil wedding ceremonies, which as a societal event represents a celebration of extended human rights. The inclusion of new possibilities in some countries for interfaith, non-religious, and same sex marriages provides freedoms that were previously not available. 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 curiously iconic city foods, a history of wearing masks in public, and a prescription for undoing decades of bad zoning.

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New York to Shut the Beep Up

Coming home from a run on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, I noticed a bold sign: “Don’t Honk, $350 Penalty.” I’m not sure that the sign, mounted above cross walk lights, is visible to drivers but they’re certainly getting the message through other channels—the Taxi and Limousine Commission chief David Yassky sent a message to 13,000 cab drivers to reinforce the city’s noise code which states that “the use of vehicle horns is illegal, except as a warning in situations of imminent danger.” This notice, plus a warning about the stiff fine, caught the media’s attention. Continue reading

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