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. Continue reading
In an effort to combat community isolation and “fear of the other” Ciudad Emergente the Santiago-based social enterprise that focuses on enhancing public space through tactical urbanism, developed a Malón Urbano or Urban Potluck. The simple idea of sharing a meal with neighbours has created real change at the community level. 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 at the extraordinary works of Zaha Hadid, teenager-run participatory budgeting in Boston and a split-design commuter tunnel in Amsterdam. Continue reading
This is the final entry of a four-part blog series chronicling the proposed redevelopment of Mirvish Village.
Development in Toronto remains a loaded word, encompassing a wide range of perspectives rooted in the social, the economic, and the political: height, density, gentrification, heritage, scale, the competitive city, the OMB. There is a multiplicity of threads to follow and pull, depending on your position in the process. This nuanced narrative is captured in daily newspaper articles, op-eds, blog articles, and discussions in community newsletters. When coupled with the City’s growing mandate to cast wider the net of consultation, developers are increasingly having to build relationships not only with City Council and the Planning Department, but in the communities in which they build as well. What this means is that development is no longer the sole province of boardrooms comfortably buffered from a nebulous community by closed doors, a relic of a bygone Robert Moses model. To be sure, there remains considerable mileage between where we are now, and the democratic, equitable process imagined by the Chief Planner, City staff, community organizations, and academic scholars. But it is a step in the right direction.
Toronto got hacked on June 7th, but it was its public spaces that were affected, not its computers. The code of a city is written in its rules, regulations, bylaws, prohibitions, and the cans and cannot-dos of our streets, parks, and sidewalks. Pedestrians belong on the sidewalk, cars on the road. This area reserved for dogs. Don’t walk on the grass. We experience the city and our public spaces passively most of the time, letting the code dictate our behaviour. But what happens when you become an active participant and change the rules? What if you insert new code?