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Creative placemaking in Adams Morgan

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The residents of Washington’s  Adams Morgan neighbourhood were invited to ‘cross the street and share in a public space experience.  Designed to encourage community building and open dialogue, Ciudad Emergente (CEM) developed Okuplaza Fest DC  in an effort to generate long-term change with the short-term actions inspired by a Latin American city plaza.  Continue reading

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Kensington Road Mural

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If you are familiar with Toronto, you will know that street art is nothing new to the city’s vibrant Kensington Market area but this is officially bananas (and carrots). A group of local volunteers known as the Toronto Public Space Committee painted the city’s first road mural in the middle of Baldwin Street.  Continue reading

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September Events

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Design, placemaking and street festivals will mark the month of September. From London’s first Design Biennale to a YIMBY Festival in Toronto,  here are just a few events taking place this month:

London Design Biennale
London, UK
September 7 – 27, 2016

Placemaking Week
Vancouver, BC
September 12 – 17, 2016

OpenStreets TO
Toronto, ON
September 18, 2016

YIMBY Festival
Toronto, ON
September 24,  2016

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May/June Events

dufferinIt’s that time of year again where outdoor festivals, placemaking efforts and community events are in full swing. Here are just a few taking place this month:

Doors Open Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
May 28 – May 29, 2016

London Festival of Architecture
London, UK
June 1 – June 30, 2016

Village Building Convergence, City Repair
Portland, OR USA
June 3 – June 12, 2016 Continue reading

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Tampa Riverwalk

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Tampa Bay’s waterfront, set along a portion of the 54 mile long Hillsborough River, was historically an industrial port. As a project that has slowly been carried through with six mayors, this entire area of Tampa Bay has witnessed significant redevelopment, primarily with the waterfront being opened up to the public after the concept was initiated nearly forty years ago. Though the Tampa Riverwalk took years to redevelop, major parks were established first along the downtown channels and river, where they soon became major destinations for community gatherings and general public open space.
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The People’s Canopy

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People’s Architecture Office and In Certain Places created People’s Canopy, a mobile intervention designed to revitalize underused places in Preston’s city-centre. The aim of People’s Canopy is to encourage exchange and new (visual) connections between the university and the city center, using a two-story high, expandable red roof-structure on bicycle wheels. Continue reading

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Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

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Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.) Continue reading

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