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. “Welcome the 99%” is all about creating inclusive public spaces as a key to good urban design. 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 payphone that became a disco (and other street furniture transformations), a mysterious bedroom in a Berlin subway tunnel and Barcelona tries to tackle billboard pollution. Continue reading
Glowing seesaws have taken over the iconic Place Des Festivals in Montreal, combining a public art installation with a luminous interactive experience. Designed by Lateral Office and CS Design, the giant seesaws, dubbed “Impulse,” hum with music when passersby play on them. The vibrant seesaws were chosen for the city’s sixth annual Luminothérapie event, which includes art and tech projects that use light and design. Continue reading
OpenCity Projects added several new contributors to the roster this year and we are proud to announce that three of our top five were produced by them! Congratulations team on your outstanding articles on public space. Continue reading
Temporary installations reigned over public space in 2015. From London to Beirut, public art, light and sound installations invited people to linger, reflect and engage.
The 49th annual Cavalcade of Lights kicked off in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. The annual event kicks off the holiday season and draws major crowds to the city centre. This time lapse video by Matt Barnes captures all the fun.
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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 living rooms in the streets of Portugal, converting smog into bricks and paying citizens to bike to work. Continue reading
Created by HQ architects, ‘Warde’ is an urban installation located in the heart of Jerusalem. Composed of four 9-meter high by 9-meter wide inflatable flowers, this project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the Vallero’s Square poor condition. Continue reading
Bikers and drivers see it, if you walk you’ve used it. A crosswalk signal, you know it well – bland, straight to the point. Sometimes, it may have some numbers next to the unisex figure. What these numbers do is count down the seconds you have to race down the street before a symphony of car horns erupt to tell you, your time is up. The signs work well and go unnoticed, there seems to be no need to address the topic; and so the story begins. Continue reading
Ill-Studio has collaborated with French fashion brand Pigalle to create a multicoloured basketball court between a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Panels of blue, white, red and yellow ethylene propylene diene monome (EPDM) rubber – a synthetic material commonly used in playground and sports areas – have been applied to the floor. Continue reading