Happy New Year from OpenCity Projects! To celebrate we are reviewing the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world in 2014. This year we saw in incredible number of protests in public spaces, the rise of walkable cities around the world and cities that transformed in 2014.
On May 28th, protests over the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park located in Istanbul, Turkey arose when 50 environmentalist publicly expressed their objection to the replacement of the space with the reconstruction of the historic Taksim Military Barracks and a potential shopping mall. Continue reading
Occupy Wall Street is a revelatory expression of discontent through non-violent, grassroots means.
Occupy Wall Street has been in effect for over a month now, spurring replication in other cities and growing support here in New York City.
Occupy Wall Street is bringing a whole new demographic to Lower Manhattan—a neighbourhood where the dress code from 9 to 5 is corporate formal and improvisation is scarce.
Occupy Wall Street’s existence is made possible by the rare presence of public open space in the Financial District, a part of Manhattan whose origins pre-date New York City Zoning laws.
Occupy Wall Street is also the very successful domesticization of a public space.
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you an American town restricting cyclists and pedestrians on some of its roads, three keys to creating great “good places”, protests and the power of place, and finding space to add space in Brazil’s favelas.