Tag Archives: public space

No love for locks

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Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to Brooklyn Bridge where a recent trend of attaching padlocks, or “love locks” to the bridge’s pedestrian promenade has been on the rise, echoing the romantic gesture made popular by tourists at Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge. But the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has declared that enough is enough. The agency has announced plans to hang signs prohibiting love locks and other items, and will impose fines of $100 for those unwilling to abide by the new rule. Continue reading

Sunbeds perk up an abandoned space

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The designers of No Studio from Wroclaw, Poland are creating a series of micro-installations to breath new life into neglected public spaces. Founded by Magda Szwajcowska and Michal Majewski, No Studio’s portfolio contains works that range from temporary architecture to small-scale architecture to product design. Their motto is to solve problems as opposed to creating monuments. Continue reading

Design for Diversity – Welcome the 99%

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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

Light therapy in Montreal

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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

Blooming streetlights

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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