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. In this post, we address the importance of “promoting universal themes” – the seventh point in our manifesto. Continue reading
On September 18th, three gigantic wooden megaphones built by a team of Estonian Academy of Arts interior architecture students has been installed for all forest dwellers for resting, contemplation and above all – listening to the sounds of nature and forests around them. Continue reading
Toronto strikes a nice balance between urban development and greenspace. There is an unusual number of parks and trees but they can’t replace vast nature and wildlife that live just outside the city and are a unique part of Canadian culture. Because not everyone has access to this special outdoor experience, the Gone Fishin’ Project brings a bit of the wild into the city core. Continue reading
Not every tool in a doctor’s black bag comes from a factory or must be administered in the antiseptic halls of a cold, dull hospital. The leafy surroundings of Bispebjerg hospital in Copenhagen deliberately bring nature to the hospital’s patients, contributing to the healing process. Continue reading
Just over a year ago, I heard about a group in downtown Toronto called Not Far From the Tree. Its mission sounded interesting, but I didn’t quite get it until I rolled up my sleeves and got more involved.
I was told that they match up volunteers with private homeowners who want help picking the fruit from the trees and vines growing on their property. The fruit that is picked is split into three portions: for the homeowner, the volunteers, and a local foodbank.