How should cities design public spaces to serve the socially and culturally mixed communities that exist in the Greater Toronto Area? John Lorinc explores Markham’s Leitchcroft Park and OpenCity’s involvement in the development of this diverse public space.
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From now until winter 2016, visitors to New York’s Madison Square Park can find themselves enveloped beneath a mirrored labyrinth, hovering above both them and the surrounding landscape. Mad. Sq. Art presents ‘Fata Morgana’ by American artist Teresita Fernández, a 500-foot-long sculpture comprising mirror-polished discs that create kaleidoscopic canopies above the park’s central pathways and recreational areas. Continue reading
A relatively ordinary street underwent a radical transformation over the winter holidays into a beautiful shopping and pedestrian plaza called ‘Winter Walk SF’. Two blocks of Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary Street in the heart of Los Angeles’s Union
Square changed for one month into an entertainment complex with special entertainment, regular live performances and festive surprises.
Community gardeners in Ottawa can now flex their green thumbs year-round: a biodome that’s been under construction in Brewer Park is now complete. Located in the Old Ottawa South neighbourhood, the structure uses solar power to maintain ideal growing conditions throughout the winter months. Continue reading
The Invisible Barn by New York-based STPMJ is a design proposal for Folly 2014, an annual competition led by Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park. The design is a barn shaped-wooden structure covered with a reflective film on the surface that reflects the surrounding environment, highlighting different species of trees and plants, sky, ground and the seasonal changes of the site. The reflection allows the structure to smoothly assimilate with nature that allows for a novel and interactive experience. Continue reading
On a quiet Sunday morning in New York City, I ventured off to the infamous Highline. With my trusty DSLR in hand, I attempted to capture the many nuanced moments along the elevated park. What I was surprised to see was despite the restricted path, the space exudes a light atmosphere amidst the urban jungle. Continue reading
From Barcelona to NYC and now Toronto, ping pong tables are popping up in urban parks.
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Following a recent trip to Barcelona, OpenCity Projects founder Wendy Gold shares her snapshots of the city where green is growing wild. Continue reading
Santiago’s newest green space, the Children’s Bicentennial Park, stands on an impressive four hectares. Designed by local firm Elemental, the park was opened in 2012. Continue reading