Brooklyn Bridge Park has undergone a massive renovation that offers great views, engagement spaces and rotating art installations. Currently, acclaimed artist Deborah Kass’ monumental sculpture OY/YO, commissioned by Two Trees Management Co., walks the line between respectful homage and brazen appropriation. Sourced from urban and Brooklyn slang, the statement “I am” in Spanish, and the popular Yiddish expression, OY/YO has been a significant and reoccurring motif in Kass’ work, taking form in paintings, prints, and tabletop sculptures. 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 10 parks that have revived their cities, adaptive reuse of car tires and sending emails to urban trees.
De Hoge Rielen is a place for civic and ecological education in the 300-hectare forest of a former military base. The O-shaped “Hostel Wadi” encircles part of the pine forest, retained as a memento of a disappearing artificial landscape that is rapidly transforming into broadleaf vegetation. 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 a look of how a simple linear park transformed into a diverse community space, drastic anti-pollution measures taken in Paris and the many roles of your local library.
James Corner Fields Operations transformed a former parking lot into a 6.2-acre park. Tongva Park in Santa Monica California officially opened in 2013 and features an amphitheatre, playground, garden, picnic areas, restrooms and an overlook that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby pier. Continue reading
Four new parklets will be popping up around Boston this summer as part of a new program of the Boston Transportation Department. Brooklyn-based Interboro Designs developed a modular design dubbed “ad-blocs”. These plastic blocks can be stacked and combined to form many different settings. Like giant Lego bricks, the ad-blocs have raised and depressed components that let them lock together. Alternatively, the depressions can be used as planters.
Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has designed the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The neolithic structure sits atop large quarry rocks and is situated in London’s Kensington Gardens until mid-October. The designer describes the extraordinary structure as having “a relationship to the landscape, with a lot of holes so you can see the landscape of this beautiful park.”
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 community building through skateboarding, and 100 urban interventions to transform your community in 1 day. 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 LA’s simple kits to convert parking lots to parks, the ultimate in eco-friendly architecture and the google time machine. Continue reading
Madison Square Park Conservancy’s ‘Mad. Sq. Art‘ presents a site-specific exhibition by Brooklyn-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro, situated within the garden of one of New York City’s most iconic landscapes. ‘This Land is Your Land’ comprises three wooden water tanks, stilted eight feet above the surface of the ground and elevated to a height just above visitors’ heads. Continue reading