Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris ahead of the United Nations summit beginning on November 30th. Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change. Continue reading
It’s officially fall, but the events aren’t slowing down. This November we are celebrating cities and the environment. Here are just a few events taking place this month:
Festival of the Future City
November 17-20, 2015
Cavalcade of Lights
November 28, 2015
November 30 – December 11, 2015
The Eiffel Tower, which dimmed its lights in mourning following Friday’s attacks in Paris, was re-lit in red, white and blue on Monday. Cities from around the world also showed their support for the citizens of Paris by lighting up iconic urban landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Toronto’s CN Tower and the Tokyo Skytree. Continue reading
Ill-Studio has collaborated with French fashion brand Pigalle to create a multicoloured basketball court between a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Panels of blue, white, red and yellow ethylene propylene diene monome (EPDM) rubber – a synthetic material commonly used in playground and sports areas – have been applied to the floor. Continue reading
On a recent trip to Paris, architecture editor Lauren Grieco captures an epic image of the Eiffel Tower taking center stage after the rain dissipates across the horizon.
Photo by Lauren Grieco
Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects
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 strip malls, distillations of StreetView, and pedestrian maps.
- The Sad Evolution of the Strip Mall
- At the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, you can see a recreation of an early strip mall, still roughly human-scale and oriented toward the street with open storefronts and small businesses. The history of cars in Los Angeles is full of many such forgotten losses, reports Sarah Goodyear. (via The Atlantic Cities)
- Researchers Create Picture Dictionary for Cities
- Using 40,000 Google StreetView images, researchers have determined which visual elements most define a dozen cities around the world. Paris, it turns out, is not defined by the Eiffel Tower but instead the character of its street signs, lamp posts, and balcony railings. It’s science! (via GOOD)
- Humanizing Traffic Counts at Toronto Intersections
- Using traffic counts made freely available by the City, Jake Schabas has plotted a map putting pedestrian and vehicle volumes across Toronto in perspective. As inspiration he cites one of the main principles of Gehl Architects: what gets measured gets done. (via Spacing Toronto)
Photo of Shanghai pedestrians by 2 dogs from Flickr (cc)
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 Philadelphia’s civic porch, hundreds of colourful umbrellas, the overdue possibility of a stroll along the Seine, and a tour of what might be the world’s most promising instant city. 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 fire and violence, but also knitting and a comfy micro-climate. Continue reading
The architecture is so overwhelmingly beautiful in Paris that public spaces are often overlooked. This flowering wall stands out in Square Paul Langevin by creating a colourful backdrop for a small and simple neighbourhood park.
This year a French street artist named JR won the TED Prize, given out by the nonprofit conference on technology, entertainment and design. While I have been more than impressed with all of the projects and people featured on TED, I have been blown away by past TED Prize winners who are awarded $100,000 for their “one wish to change the world.”