Most urban planners and city leaders agree that diversity is key to creating healthy, inclusive communities but this rarely translates to the day-to-day living experience. We at OpenCity have spent the last seven years learning about what motivates people to spend time in a place and connect with others. We turned our attention to existing public spaces, that have evolved organically, and found some great examples in Toronto. Scadding Court is one of those unique and inclusive spaces in the city that welcomes and connects a diverse group of citizens.
September is the month for celebrating our love of design and public spaces. Here are just a few events taking place this month:.
September 6, 2015
London Design Festival
September 19 – 27, 2015
Journée sans voiture
September 27, 2015
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 the importance of social mixing in public places, mapping NYC’s street trees and bringing attention to the world’s endangered markets.
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 a list of Christmas markets to visit before you die and a road trip of urban interventions.
Toronto is a city that proudly celebrates its cultural diversity. Do its public spaces encourage cross-cultural interactions?
Kensington Market is a unique urban pocket of Toronto that possesses some of the city’s most dynamic public spaces and commercial quarters; plus, it exemplifies the mixed and hybrid nature of Toronto’s population. Continue reading
This is the third article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Durban’s Bovine Head Market is a fascinating blend of old customs and modern urban design. As the name implies, the market’s entire existence revolves around cows’ heads, which are boiled to make a special soup that is served up with dumplings, and considered to be “a food of the gods”. Traditionally this Zulu delicacy was exclusively prepared by and served to men, but over time this age-old custom has become more inclusive, with women cooking and eating it too.
The Santa Caterina Market is a paradise for the senses. Located in Barcelona, Spain, the gastronomic temple dates back hundreds of years housing everything from food chains to fresh produce. The current-day structure comprises of an undulating wood roof which sits high above the stalls opening up for the visitors to enter.
This is the second article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Traditional medicine – known as Muthi – plays a vital role in health and wellness for South Africans. Traditional healers diagnose and prescribe based on age-old wisdom passed down through the generations. Illnesses and ailments are treated with herbal remedies that are grown, prepared and dispensed through a vast network of suppliers and traders in South Africa.
Durban’s Warwick Junction is home to one of the largest Muthi markets in South Africa, and from an urban planning perspective, the history of the market space is as fascinating as the Muthi itself. Before the Warwick Junction urban renewal project got underway in the late 1990s, traders sold their wares on the street, where the lack of shelter and storage space left them at constant risk of damage and theft. To protect their goods overnight, many traders slept beside them on the pavement. Continue reading
This is the first article in a series on the markets of Warwick Junction.
Just beyond the central business district of Durban, South Africa, you’ll find the vibrant Markets of Warwick Junction, an amalgamation of nine distinct yet connected markets and squares.
Wandering around the markets is a thrill for your senses powered by the energy of 500,000 people who pass through every day. Follow the aroma of one hundred different spices to Victoria Street Market and test your mettle against the “mother-in-law exterminator,” a spice which brings tears to the eyes of even the hardiest spice lovers. You can satisfy all your dumpling and soup needs at the Bovine Head Market which is named for the chief ingredient of a soup that is a local Zulu delicacy! And no matter where you go, the scent of meat grilling over portable charcoal grills fashioned from old shopping carts—still on wheels!—will literally follow you around. Continue reading