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.
For 10 years, the Festival of Lights turns Berlin into a world full of light in October. International artists present many glowing light projections, 3D video mappings and light installations and thus transport their messages, themes and content. Continue reading
When you look at the above photo, do you see a vision of a future that is naiively utopian or one that is prescient and compelling? Your answer probably depends on how often you crane your neck and gaze skyward. 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 shared streets in Chicago, an in depth look at the public spaces of Ireland and architecture-inspired Halloween costumes..because, why not.
James Corner Fields Operations transformed a former parking lot into a 6.2-acre park. Tongva Park in Santa Monica California officially opened in 2013 and features an amphitheatre, playground, garden, picnic areas, restrooms and an overlook that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby pier. Continue reading
Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” is located at the juncture of the three buildings that make up the Chicago Federal Plaza designed by Mies van der Rohe. The sculpture’s vivid color and sinuous form contrast dramatically with the angular steel and glass surroundings.
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 shipping container parklets in Montreal, the rise of cycling infrastructure around the world and parks to crush on. 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 the leading design cities in America, playing in the streets and re-imagining the humble farmer’s market. Continue reading
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?